Agatha Christie: A Reader's Companion

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Other crime writers may come and go, but Agatha Christie maintains her enduring appeal and for her millions of fans this book is the next best thing to a new Christie novel. The authors have assembled a mouth-watering feast of period memorabilia --the jackets of first editions, stills from films and television series, photographs of the places and buildings that Christie used as settings for her stories, contemporary reviews and magazine features--which effortlessly transports the reader back into the world of Christie and her characters. Each of the novels is discussed in order of publication with a summary of the plot, information on Christie's own life at the time the book was written, an account of its reception, and details of subsequent films and TV series. The result is a unique companion to Christie's novels that will have enormous appeal to everyone who loves her work.

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Other crime writers may come and go, but the immortal Agatha Christie, the ‘Queen of Crime’, maintains her enduring appeal, and for her millions of fans this book is the next best thing to a new Christie novel.

The authors, avid fans themselves, have assembled a mouth-watering feast of period memorabilia - the jackets and bindings of first editions from both sides of the Atlantic, stills from films and television series, photographs of the places and buildings that Christie used as settings for her stories, contemporary reviews and magazine features – which effortlessly transport the reader back into the world that Christie and her characters inhabited.

Her first published novel, The Mysterious Affair at Styles (1920) was partly inspired by a challenge from her sister and partly by her experiences during the First World War, when she served as a VAD nurse and qualified as a dispenser, which gave her a working knowledge of drugs and poisons. These were the fortuitous circumstances that provided the springboard for a writing career of unsurpassed length and brilliance.

The authors discuss each of the novels in chronological order of publication, with a summary of the plot-line and, in the case of the more famous books, bibliographical data, background information on Christie’s own life at the time the book was written, an account of its reception by readers and the press, and details of subsequent films and TV series.

The reader is thus able to trace Christie’s career as an author, and the way in which her detectives were introduced and developed, while following, in parallel, her own life and travels. The result is a unique companion to her novels which will have enormous appeal to everyone who loves her work.

About the Author:

Photographer and artist Vanessa Wagstaff graduated from the Slade School of Fine Art and has worked as a researcher on costumes and props for the Poirot TV series. Stephen Poole manages Biblion, a business in London's Mayfair specializing in rare books and modern first editions, including crime fiction classics.

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