Agatha Christie’s Secret Notebooks: Fifty Years of Mysteries in the Making

December 12, 2014 - Comment

A fascinating exploration of the contents of Agatha Christie’s seventy-three private notebooks, including illustrations and two unpublished Poirot stories When Agatha Christie died in 1976, at age eighty-five, she had become the world’s most popular author. With sales of more than two billion copies worldwide, in more than one hundred countries, she had achieved the

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A fascinating exploration of the contents of Agatha Christie’s seventy-three private notebooks, including illustrations and two unpublished Poirot stories

When Agatha Christie died in 1976, at age eighty-five, she had become the world’s most popular author. With sales of more than two billion copies worldwide, in more than one hundred countries, she had achieved the impossible—more than one book every year since the 1920s, every one a bestseller.

So prolific was Agatha Christie’s output—sixty-six crime novels, twenty plays, six romance novels under a pseudonym and more than one hundred and fifty short stories—it was often claimed that she had a photographic memory. Was this true? Or did she resort over those fifty-five years to more mundane methods of working out her ingenious crimes?

Following the death of Agatha’s daughter, Rosalind, at the end of 2004, a remarkable legacy was revealed. Unearthed among her affairs at the family home of Greenway were Agatha Christie’s private notebooks, seventy-three handwritten volumes of notes, lists and drafts outlining all her plans for her many books, plays and stories. Buried in this treasure trove, all in her unmistakable handwriting, are revelations about her famous books that will fascinate anyone who has ever read or watched an Agatha Christie story.

How did the infamous twist in The Murder of Roger Ackroyd really come about? Which very famous Poirot novel started life as an adventure for Miss Marple? Which books were designed to have completely differ-ent endings, and what were they? What were the plot ideas that she considered but rejected?

Full of details she was too modest to reveal in her own autobiography, this remarkable new book includes a wealth of excerpts and pages reproduced directly from the notebooks and her letters, plus, for the first time, two newly discovered complete Hercule Poirot short stories never before published.

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Joseph Yeater "Ol' Country Boy & City Wife" says:

A MUST FOR CHRISTIE LOVERS 0

John D. Cofield says:

Mysteries Revealed Agatha Christie was a phenomenally successful mystery writer for over fifty years. She was also a very private person, refusing to be interviewed or become a celebrity. Her literary skills were criticized and often sneered at by the cognoscenti, but she was and is beloved by millions all over the world. Thirty years after her death John Curran came across stacks and stacks of the old notebooks she carried with her everywhere to jot down ideas, plan out her mysteries, and make more prosaic…

Barbara I. Stern "mystery lover" says:

Interesting Agatha Christie’s Secret Notebooks is a well written compendium of the notebooks Agatha used to write her ideas, potential characters and plots. Interesting that so many of her plots were used several times in different novels . There are numerous photographs of pages showing potential character names and diagrams. Included are two short stories at the end which have never been published before. If you are just starting a novel for the first time be careful that you do not read references to…

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