The 8.55 to Baghdad: From suburbia to Iraq on the trail of Agatha Christie

August 3, 2017 - Comment

In 1928, Agatha Christie, the world’s most widely read author, was a thirty-something single mother. With her marriage to her first husband, Archie Christie, over, she decided to take a much needed holiday; the Caribbean had been her intended destination, but a conversation at a dinner party with a couple who had just returned from

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In 1928, Agatha Christie, the world’s most widely read author, was a thirty-something single mother.

With her marriage to her first husband, Archie Christie, over, she decided to take a much needed holiday; the Caribbean had been her intended destination, but a conversation at a dinner party with a couple who had just returned from Iraq changed her mind. Five days later she was off on a completely different trajectory.

Merging literary biography with travel adventure, and ancient history with contemporary world events, Andrew Eames tells a riveting tale and reveals fascinating and little-known details en route in this exotic chapter in the life of Agatha Christie. His own trip from London to Baghdad—a journey much more difficult to make in 2002 with the political unrest in the Middle East and the war in Iraq, than it was in 1928—becomes ineluctably intertwined with Agatha’s, and the people he meets could have stepped out of a mystery novel.

Fans of Agatha Christie will delight in Eames’ description of the places and events that appeared in and influenced her fiction—and armchair travelers will thrill in the exotica of the journey itself.

Comments

Alabama Anglophile says:

Highly Recommended To quote from GEOGRAPHICAL MAGAZINE, “Eames laces the book with Christie trivia and a certain sly wit. His descriptions of the people he meets and the places he visited are both vivid and perceptive… THE 8:55 TO BAGHDAD is a thoroughly enjoyable read that combines an Agatha-centric travelogue with a thought-provoking journey through a benighted land.” 

Amazon Customer says:

Five Stars For all lovers of train travel in the grand style and admirers of Agatha Christie. A most satisfying journey.

MJJ says:

Like it I bought this book for my Mum because she loves Christie and ended up reading it myself. I was especially taken by the sections in Eastern Europe and Iraq. This book introduced me to places in geography and history that I had not been to before and was a pleasant and thought-provoking read.

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