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Millions of fans the world over got to know her beloved characters, Hercule Poirot, Miss Jane Marple, and the rest, yet for decades little was known about their creator. Dame Agatha Christie was a woman who scrupulously kept her private life hidden from view, dodging the press, granting no interviews, and even, for a brief time, famously disappearing. But shortly after the great lady's death, the silence was broken when An Autobiography was finally published.

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Overview

Millions of fans the world over got to know her beloved characters, Hercule Poirot, Miss Jane Marple, and the rest, yet for decades little was known about their creator. Dame Agatha Christie was a woman who scrupulously kept her private life hidden from view, dodging the press, granting no interviews, and even, for a brief time, famously disappearing. But shortly after the great lady's death, the silence was broken when An Autobiography was finally published.

The witty, insightful, and immensely entertaining reflections of a marvelous talent, An Autobiography is as compulsively readable as Christie's novels. In her own inimitable style, a brilliant eccentric whose life encapsulated her times sheds light on her past, including her childhood in Victorian England, her volunteer work during World War II, and, of course, her phenomenal career. Agatha Christie's An Autobiography brings into sharp focus a beloved and enduring literary icon whose imagination continues to mesmerize readers to this very day.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Originally published in 1977 and out-of-print, this new edition of Christie’s autobiography includes a CD of the grand dame of mystery authors expounding on her life as a writer—making it especially welcome as a holiday treat for all Christie fans. Although Christie’s tales reportedly still sell in numbers only exceeded by the Bible and Shakespeare, and are almost as timeless, her life (1890–1976) and work go back a long way. If the descriptions of the happy (despite the death of her feckless father), comfortable Victorian-era childhood of a genius of genre strikes as a bit ingenuous, things become more delectable with maturity: the travels, the coming-out parties, the nursing career, first marriage, and first publication (The Mysterious Affair at Styles). Christie’s decision to utter not a word about her celebrated disappearance is as revealing as it is secretive. Her second marriage, to a younger Catholic archeologist, marks the beginning of the “satisfying” years (known to most people as the Great Depression). In all, after a somewhat tiresome first third in muted colors, this memoir fulfills the intention to extend by one year the 120th anniversary celebration of Christie’s birth. 8 pages of color, 16 pages of b&w photos. (Nov. 22)
Boston Globe
“This book proves as inspiring as it is charming and absorbing.”
Cleveland Plain Dealer
“Contains some wonderful treats....Christie writes with such wit and insight that all 542 pages fly.”
Charlotte News & Observer
“A fun read, full of detail about upper-crust life in the Victorian era and about Christie’s own surprise at finding herself a mystery novelist.”
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
“The history of a unique upbringing in a time long gone. It’s a portrait of a childhood and young womanhood that vanished with World War I.”
Daily American
“Christie writes with a wonderful dry wit. It is fascinating to see how people she met became characters in her novels.”
The Times (London)
“Wonderfully easy to read and engrossing.”
New York Times Book Review
“Joyful adventure….She brings the sense of wonder…to her extraordinary career.”
Daily Mail (London)
“Agatha Christie’s most absorbing mystery – the story of her own unusual life. She has put it all on record: her early romances; a broken (and a happy) marriage; strange events on the path to roaring success.”
Chicago Tribune
“Agatha Christie is no longer merely one of my favorite writers. She is now one of my favorite people.”
Los Angeles Times
“A delightful autobiography….Warm, witty and discerning.”
Financial Times (London)
“A wonderful book—written with a delight in the gradual unfolding of 75 years through the eyes of an exceptional old lady and writer.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780848804589
  • Publisher: Amereon LTD.
  • Publication date: 1/1/1976

Meet the Author

Agatha Christie

Agatha Christie is the most widely published author of all time, outsold only by the Bible and Shakespeare. Her books have sold more than a billion copies in English and another billion in a hundred foreign languages. She died in 1976. Sophie Hannah is the internationally bestselling author of nine psychological thrillers, which have been published in more than 20 countries and adapted for television. Sophie is an Honorary Fellow of Lucy Cavendish College, Cambridge, and as a poet has been shortlisted for the TS Eliot Prize.

Biography

Agatha Christie is the world's best-known mystery writer. Her books have sold over a billion copies in the English language, and another billion in 44 foreign languages. She is the most widely published author of all time in any language, outsold only by the Bible and Shakespeare. Her writing career spanned more than half a century, during which she wrote 79 novels and a short story collection, as well as 14 plays, one of which, The Mousetrap, is the longest running play in history. Two of the characters she created, the brilliant Belgian detective Hercule Poirot and the irrepressible and relentless Miss Marple, went on to become world famous detectives. Both have been widely dramatized in feature films and made-for-TV movies. Agatha Christie died in 1976.

Author biography courtesy of Random House, Inc.

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    1. Also Known As:
      Mary Westmacott (used for her romantic fiction)
    1. Date of Birth:
      September 15, 1890
    2. Place of Birth:
      Torquay, Devon, England
    1. Date of Death:
      January 12, 1976

Table of Contents

DAME AGATHA CHRISTIE opens the door to her fascinating and colorful life...

Her mysteries made her the world's bestselling author, but her private life has remained hidden for decades.Now, in her own words, Dame Agatha sheds light on her secretive life and tells of her early years in Victorian England; her marriages and world travels; her rise to success; the creative process behind her acclaimed novels and plays; and the events, places, and people that shaped her work.

Every fan of Agatha Christie will delight in the engaging chronicle of this remarkable woman of mystery.

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  • Posted July 23, 2010

    A Great Read!

    I've enjoyed reading Agatha Christie Mysteries for years. This book let me see into the life of an author and what influenced her. She had very interesting life experiences, particularly the archaeology work with her husband.

    BFGreene

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 1, 2013

    Wonderful book!

    As a big Agatha Christie fan, I thoroughly enjoyed this book! To have insight into how and when some of her various books were written was truly enjoyable. And the added insight into her life, both the good and bad parts, was an added bonus.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 10, 2012

    A most delightful account of a remarkable woman

    I have loved her thrillers and mysteries forever, but to now get to know her as a person is fascinating. Only Agatha Christie could have written such a wonderful autobiography. Amazingly, it reads like one her classic tales.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 6, 2012

    Hhhmmmmmm

    I love agatha christie! I have a book report to do on biographies and autobiographies....should i do this book plz comment

    3 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 18, 2012

    the inimitable Agatha

    NOT a mystery, an autobiography, and at the same time, a marvelous history of the values of the West as they have changed from ca 1900 to 1975....

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 18, 2012

    About One of my fav authors!

    Quite enjoyable...especially the idea that Mrs. Christie would just write on this autobiography and then evidently lay it down for some time....picking up again later. I believe they said over 15 years...A little disconcerting at times, unless you realize that,
    Good read!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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