Agatha Christie: An English Mystery

Agatha Christie: An English Mystery


By (author) Laura Thompson

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  • Publisher: HEADLINE REVIEW
  • Format: Paperback | 544 pages
  • Dimensions: 128mm x 192mm x 36mm | 399g
  • Publication date: 1 April 2009
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0755314883
  • ISBN 13: 9780755314881
  • Illustrations note: 2 x 8pp b/w photos
  • Sales rank: 91,923

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A passionate and accomplished writer, Laura Thompson now turns her highly acclaimed biographical skills to Agatha Christie. Arguably the greatest crime writer in the world, thirty years after her death Christie's books still sell over four million copies worldwide a year. 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 Christies detective fiction, but the truth behind her private life as well.

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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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A triumphant success A. N. Wilson, Daily Mail Highly accomplished Kathryn Hughes, Mail on Sunday 'Thompson does a fabulous job of getting inside her head' Rachel Cooke, Observer 'A superlative and rapturously written biography' Roger Lewis, Daily Express 'The most definitive biography so far' Andrea Mullaney, Scotland on Sunday 'The last word on Agatha Christie... superb' Charles Osborne, Literary Review 'An excellent biography' Jake Kerridge, Telegraph Review 'Outstanding' Kate Mosse, author of Labyrinth 'Laura Thompson brings Christie's life, thoughts and creative identity to life in fascinating and painstaking detail.' Sophie Hannah, The Week