The Life and Crimes of Agatha Christie: A Biographical Companion to the Works of Agatha Christie

April 25, 2015 - Comment

The author of over 100 plays, short story collections, and novels, which have been translated into 103 languages, Agatha Christie has been outsold only by the Bible and Shakespeare. Though many have tried to copy her, no one has succeeded, and Christie remains the best selling modern writer throughout the world. Now Charles Osborne, a

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The author of over 100 plays, short story collections, and novels, which have been translated into 103 languages, Agatha Christie has been outsold only by the Bible and Shakespeare. Though many have tried to copy her, no one has succeeded, and Christie remains the best selling modern writer throughout the world. Now Charles Osborne, a lifelong student of Agatha Christie, has created a comprehensive guide to her world as examined through her books. Illustrated with rarely seen photos and updated to include details of the publications, films and TV adaptations of her writings, this book provides fascinating reading for any Christie aficionado.

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Dr Bruce Hoag "Bruce" says:

The Crimes of Charles Osborne Osborne’s thoroughness in cataloging Dame Agatha’s eighty-plus re-titled, repackaged, and republished books and 147 stories in their myriad and varied collections is admirable. That alone makes this book worth buying, but his literary criticism detracts from a complete enjoyment of what is otherwise a pretty good read.Throughout, Osborne reveals a tri-fold misunderstanding of the essence of fiction. Despite his own comment, “It is fortunate that fictional chronology can be flexible,” he…

tatianaromano13@hotmail.com says:

A good biography and companion book I enjoyed this book. It had some third person insights that her autobiography could not contain. It also had many quotes from her husbands autobiography than rounded out her life’s story nicely. It is somewhat repetitive for those of us who have already read all of her books and her life story, but Charles Osbourn did manage to give me some further insights into her work. This work includes not only her life story, but also a lot of information about her books. It does NOT include how any of…

L. Carol "carolcecilia, D.V." says:

Best Written Biography On Agatha Christie’s Life & Crimes Charles Osborne’s book offers a fast-paced chronicle of Dame Christie’s life and unbiased critique of her works. The book highlighted many interesting tidbits of Christie’s private life (engrossing account of Ms. Christie’s famous disappearance in 1926; her work as an archaeologist’s assistant; her love for dogs; idiosyncrasies like forever munching on apples while she wrote) to her characters (from her intolerance over sleuth Poirot to her favorite character, Caroline Sheppard, not least her…

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