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

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

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by John Curran
     
 

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Agatha Christie’s Secret Notebooks is the fascinating exploration of the contents of Agatha Christie’s long hidden notebooks, including illustrations, analyses, and two previously unpublished Hercule Poirot short stories. Not only will Christie’s legions of ardent fans find a treasure chest of new material from the author of such classics asSee more details below

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Agatha Christie’s Secret Notebooks is the fascinating exploration of the contents of Agatha Christie’s long hidden notebooks, including illustrations, analyses, and two previously unpublished Hercule Poirot short stories. Not only will Christie’s legions of ardent fans find a treasure chest of new material from the author of such classics as And Then There Were None, Murder on the Orient Express, and Death on the Nile, but Agatha Christie’s Secret Notebooks is also a must-read tutorial for writers who want to learn the intricacies of constructing crime novels.

Editorial Reviews

Michael Dirda
…a must-have for any ardent fan of Miss Marple or Hercule Poirot…For Agatha Christie's Secret Notebooks Curran has extracted all the literary material from this archive and arranged it thematically. Thus one chapter is devoted to the various murders based on children's nursery rhymes (e.g., A Pocketful of Rye), another on those geared to holidays (e.g., Death on the Nile). Curran transcribes the often enigmatic notes, then interprets them, drawing on his seemingly perfect recall for all of Christie's oeuvre.
—The Washington Post
Publishers Weekly
Curran, longtime literary adviser to the Agatha Christie estate, painstakingly describes and excerpts the private notebooks of one of the most influential names in detective fiction. Casual or even moderately well-versed fans of Christie may find themselves overwhelmed by the sheer volume of minutiae Curran extracts from the 73 notebooks the author maintained. His effort, however, is admirable: the majority of the notebook entries lack dates and often jump between novels and stories written years apart, and Christie's handwriting is at times akin to shorthand. The most fascinating aspect of the notebooks is the rare glimpse they allow into the mind of a writer, especially one as imaginative as Christie, who, though not a prose stylist, was expert at devising intricate plots. For example, in the notebooks, she poses questions to herself (“how should all this be approached?” “Who is killed?” and “Someone shot or stalked at school Sports?”) while mapping out the novel Cat Among the Pigeons. The inclusion of two rare short stories featuring Hercule Poirot makes this an appealing read for Christie-philes. B&w photos. (Mar. 1)
Washington Post
“A must-have for any ardent fan of Miss Marple or Hercule Poirot.”
Newark Star-Ledger
“A must for all Christie fans.”
Tulsa World
“Provides a unique look into the mind and working habits of one of the world’s most successful authors.”
Irish Times
“[Curran] has organized his material as efficiently as an Agatha Christie mystery….[His] enthusiasm for his subject carries us along.”
The Independent on Sunday
“Many of Curran’s discoveries will shape how Christie is read in future....This book is fascinating.”
Sunday Times (London)
“A meticulously detailed study that is packed with shrewd perceptions about Christie’s fiction....Curran has produced an enthralling miscellany of a book, in which her fans will rummage to their heart’s content.”
Strand magazine on Agatha Christie's Secret Notebooks
“Meticulously detailed and scrupulous in its judgments.”
Strand magazine
“Meticulously detailed and scrupulous in its judgments.”
The Independenton Sunday
"Many of Curran’s discoveries will shape how Christie is read in future....This book is fascinating."

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780062006523
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
03/30/2010
Sold by:
HARPERCOLLINS
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
496
Sales rank:
208,688
File size:
2 MB

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