The Grand Tour: Around the World with the Queen of Mystery

The Grand Tour: Around the World with the Queen of Mystery

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by Agatha Christie
     
 

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Agatha Christie is the most widely published author of all time, outsold only by the Bible and Shakespeare. Now, in this fascinating travelogue of the prolific author's yearlong trip around the British Empire in 1922, Christie provides the clues to the origins of the plots and locales of some of her bestselling mystery novels. Containing never-before-published

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Agatha Christie is the most widely published author of all time, outsold only by the Bible and Shakespeare. Now, in this fascinating travelogue of the prolific author's yearlong trip around the British Empire in 1922, Christie provides the clues to the origins of the plots and locales of some of her bestselling mystery novels. Containing never-before-published letters and photos from her travels, and filled with intriguing details about the exotic locations she visited, The Grand Tour is an important book for Agatha Christie fans, revealing an unexpected side to the world's most renowned mystery writer.

Editorial Reviews

The Washington Post - Maureen Corrigan
No murders. That's the one complaint Agatha Christie fans may make about The Grand Tour, an otherwise marvelous compendium of never-before-published letters, autobiographical excerpts and black-and-white photographs generated by Christie and her first husband, Archie, during the round-the-world tour they took in 1922. Eccentric characters abound (mustachioed majors! suspiciously solicitous servants!), as do lavish locales (ocean liners! grand hotels!). Indeed, the only thing missing from this real-life Christie adventure is the corpse in the dining car, the body in the ballroom…The Grand Tour is not only illuminating but genuinely entertaining…this hodgepodge volume conjures up something we Christie readers have never quite seen before: a vivid impression of the young Agatha.
Library Journal
This first published collection of Christie’s correspondence will delight the many fans of her novels. Edited by Christie’s grandson, Prichard, the book chronicles what Christie herself considered one of the most exciting times of her life: a 1922 round-the-world trip promoting the 1925 British Empire Exhibition. Her husband, Archibald, served as financial advisor, and the couple sailed from England through Gibraltar, southern Africa, Australia, New Zealand, Hawaii, and Canada. The trip is documented in this series of letters to family and accompanying photographs. The enthusiastic Christie can’t help but create interesting characters out of her fellow travelers and resident British colonists, and the result is a very good read. (Who would have expected she was hooked on surfing?) This book is also a fascinating look at the British empire in the 1920s. Despite the saggy woolen clothes and oppressive heat, these colonies still inspired certain expectations in their British visitors: proper tea and people of one’s own kind.

Verdict Not only a contribution to biographical studies of Christie, this book is recommended for all mystery lovers, Anglophiles, and fans of historical travel narratives.—Melissa Stearns, Franklin Pierce Univ. Lib., Rindge, NH(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Kirkus Reviews
A collection of the mystery writer's 1922 British Empire Tour correspondence. For editor Prichard, Agatha Christie's grandson, this book is treasured memorabilia. For Christie fans, these letters and photographs will be a delightful addition to the author's oeuvre. Essentially a marketing ploy, the tour, sponsored by the British Empire Exhibition Mission, had four goals: "to produce new sources of wealth by exploiting the raw materials of the Empire; to foster inter-Imperial trade; to open new world markets for Dominican and British products; and to encourage interaction between different cultures and people of the Empire.…" With her husband and other participants, the 32-year-old author traveled to South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, Hawaii and Canada over the course of 10 months. The letters between Christie and her mother showcase the author's innate storytelling ability and insights on life following World War I. "From a historical point of view the account of the Grand Tour, both literary and photographic, is a remarkable snapshot of life in the 1920s, nostalgic and curious," writes the editor. What emerges is a portrait of a spontaneous, direct woman engaged in the changing environment around her. In Honolulu, Christie surfed; in South Africa, she toured vineyards and tasted the wine; and she fell in love with New Zealand. Christie's letters are complemented by the abundant photos. A magical tour back to a time before telephone and instant forms of communication. Narrated by a woman who went on to become the most widely published author of all time, this volume should delight both Christie fans and history buffs.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780062191243
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
11/20/2012
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HARPERCOLLINS
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
384
Sales rank:
515,345
File size:
26 MB
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Meet the Author

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.

Brief Biography

Date of Birth:
September 15, 1890
Date of Death:
January 12, 1976
Place of Birth:
Torquay, Devon, England
Education:
Home schooling
Website:
http://www.agathachristie.com

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The Grand Tour: Around the World with the Queen of Mystery 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Because this book details Agatha Christies adventure in the early 1900's, and the writing is from English culture, it is hard to comprehend most of what she is saying/talking about. I found myself skimming through most of it, understanding very little of what she was commenting about. Dull read for me
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Nutella! And Uncle Rick! The story was good, too. ^-^
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Me-sah like it! Continue-sah!