Agatha Christie

Agatha Christie

by Laura Thompson
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Agatha Christie by Laura Thompson

The author of the Somerset Maugham award-winning The Dogs: A Personal History of Greyhound Racing, and the brilliant biography Life In A Cold Climate: Nancy Mitford, Laura Thompson turns her highly acclaimed biographical skills to arguably the greatest crime writer in the world, Agatha Christie.

'Laura Thompson's outstanding biography . . . is a pretty much perfect capturing of a life' Kate Mosse, Book of the Year 2007

It has been 100 years since Agatha Christie wrote her first novel and created the formidable Hercule Poirot. In this biography, Laura Thompson describes the Edwardian world in which she grew up, explores the relationships she had, including those with her two husbands and daughter, and investigates the mysteries still surrounding Christie's life - including her disappearance in 1926.

Agatha Christie is a mystery and writing about her is a detection job in itself. But, with access to all of Christie's letters, papers and writing notebooks, as well as interviews with her grandson, daughter, son-in-law and their living relations, Thompson is able to unravel not only the detailed workings of Christie's detective fiction, but the truth behind her private life as well.

Praise for Laura Thompson

'Laura Thompson has certainly written the last word on Agatha Christie. Her book is a superb piece of biography' Literary Review

'Affectionate, admiring, perceptive and absolutely convincing' Sunday Telegraph

'This splendid account of [Christie's] life and work is unlikely to be bettered' Evening Standard

'A triumphant success' Daily Mail

'This book is a gem: fresh, intelligent and assured' Sunday Times

'Laura Thompson is a fine writer . . . and one can't help admire the way she breathes new life into an intriguing tale' London Review of Books

'Laura Thompson delivers the goods: a compelling narrative' The Times

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780755314881
Publisher: Headline Book Publishing, Limited
Publication date: 04/01/2009
Pages: 544
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.50(h) x 1.50(d)

About the Author

A writer and freelance journalist, Laura Thompson won the Somerset Maugham award for her first book, THE DOGS, and is also the author of the critically acclaimed biography of Nancy Mitford, LIFE IN A COLD CLIMATE.

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Agatha Christie: An English Mystery 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
BibliophilePS More than 1 year ago
I was hesitant to purchase this book because I worried that it would be too dry, but was pleasantly surprised. I enjoyed it very much. Mrs. Christie had depth of character. She lived an interesting life and was a prolific writer. The book chronicles all her travels and what her life meant and how her experiences were transferred to her books. It was a very touching book and one I didn't want to put down.