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

July 16, 2013 - Comment

Agatha Christie wrote over 100 plays, short story collections, and novels, which have been translated into 103 languages, and she has been outsold only by the Bible and Shakespeare.No one has succeeded in copying her, though many have tried, and she remains the best selling modern writer throughout the world. For all her success and

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Agatha Christie wrote over 100 plays, short story collections, and novels, which have been translated into 103 languages, and she has been outsold only by the Bible and Shakespeare.No one has succeeded in copying her, though many have tried, and she remains the best selling modern writer throughout the world. For all her success and renown, however, Agatha Christie was a very private person. Over the years, many have attempted to capture her personality, her motivations, and the reasons for her enduring popularity, with little notable success. Now Charles Osborne, a lifelong student of Agatha Christie, has undertaken an examination of Christie and her accomplishments through her own work. The result is a comprehensive, illustrated guide to the world of Agatha Christie, featuring authoritative information on each book’s provenance and on it’s contemporary critical reception set against the background of the major events in the author’s life.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. AUTHORBIO: Charles Osborne is an internationally known expert on opera and theater who has written several books on the topics as well as novels, literary studies, and poetry.He is the author of three bestselling novelizations of Agatha Christie plays-Black Coffee (SMP, 1998), The Unexpected Guest (Minotaur, 1999), and Spider’s Web (Minotaur, 2000). Osborne was born in Australia and lives in London.

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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…

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.

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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