Agatha Christie's Secret Notebooks
When Agatha Christie died in 1976‚ aged 85‚ she had become the world's most popular author. With sales of more than two billion copies worldwide in more than 100 countries‚ she had achieved the impossible - more than one book every year since the 1920s‚ every one a bestseller. So prolific was... show more
When Agatha Christie died in 1976‚ aged 85‚ she had become the world's most popular author. With sales of more than two billion copies worldwide in more than 100 countries‚ she had achieved the impossible - more than one book every year since the 1920s‚ every one a bestseller.
So prolific was Agatha Christie's output - 66 crime novels‚ 20 plays‚ 6 romance books under a pseudonym and over 150 short stories - it was often claimed that she had a photographic memory. Was this true? Or did she resort over those 55 years to more mundane methods of working out her ingenious crimes?
Following the death of Agatha's daughter‚ Rosalind‚ at the end of 2004‚ a remarkable secret was revealed. Unearthed among her affairs at the family home of Greenway were Agatha Christie's private notebooks‚ 73 handwritten volumes of notes‚ lists and drafts outlining all her plans for her many books‚ plays and stories. Buried in this treasure trove‚ all in her unmistakable handwriting‚ are revelations about her famous books that will fascinate anyone who has ever read or watched an Agatha Christie story.
What is the 'deleted scene' in her first book‚ The Mysterious Affair at Styles? How did the infamous twist in The Murder of Roger Ackroyd‚ really come about? Which very famous Poirot novel started life as an adventure for Miss Marple? Which books were designed to have completely different endings‚ and what were they? What were her unused ideas‚ and what was the highly unusual novel Dame Agatha planned to write after Postern of Fate (her final published novel)?
Full of details she was too modest to reveal in her own Autobiography‚ this remarkable new book includes a wealth of extracts and pages reproduced directly from the notebooks and her letters‚ plus for the first time two newly discovered complete Hercule Poirot short stories never before published.
Publish date: 2009
Pages no: 492
Edition language: English
As I've previously mentioned in an update, this is a book that is really aimed at level 10 Christie fans. It spoils the solutions of many of the books, although sometimes the spoiler is fairly oblique. For someone who is just a casual Christie reader, it wouldn't make much sense or, even, be particu...
The other unpublished work that was included in Agatha Christie's Secret Notebooks, The Mystery of the Dog's Ball was actually the basis for Christie's full-length novel Dumb Witness (1937). The character's names are different, but apparently several scenes are identical. I won't say this short s...
One of the previously unpublished Poirot mysteries in short story form, The Capture of Cerberus is almost purely allegorical with a fantasy ending. It was impossible for me to read it without picturing Hitler, which was no doubt Christie's intent, but knowing what history now shows us, I found the ...
I stopped reading this book after about a hundred pages - not because it wasn't good, it was, but because I haven't read all of Christie's canon yet, and this books is 100% geared towards those that have (or have at least read a majority of it). The author states from the beginning that there are m...
Jestem wielką fanką twórczości Agaty Christie, dlatego pojawienie się na rynku tego tytułu było dla mnie ogromnym wydarzeniem. Autor bardzo skrupulatnie przeanalizował zapiski autorki, ukazując jak rodziły się jej kryminały. Moim zdaniem poradził sobie z tym wyśmienicie, gdyż w notatnikach brak było...