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    DescriptionA fascinating exploration of the contents of Agatha Christie's 73 recently discovered notebooks, including illustrations, deleted extracts, and two unpublished Poirot stories. 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? 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.


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    Title
    Agatha Christie's Secret Notebooks
    Subtitle
    Fifty Years of Mysteries in the Making - Includes Two Unpublished Poirot Stories
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) John Curran
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 492
    Width: 160 mm
    Height: 236 mm
    Thickness: 44 mm
    Weight: 762 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780007310562
    ISBN 10: 0007310560
    Classifications

    BIC E4L: BIO
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T3.4
    BIC subject category V2: BJ
    BISAC V2.8: BIO007000
    DC22: 828.91203
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 15740
    BISAC V2.8: LIT004230
    Thema V1.0: DND
    Publisher
    HarperCollins Publishers
    Imprint name
    HarperCollins Publishers Ltd
    Publication date
    03 September 2009
    Publication City/Country
    London
    Author Information
    John Curran is the long-time literary advisor to her Agatha Christie's estate, often giving talks and appearing on documentaries about her life. He has spent the last few years unpicking the notebooks and deciphering Agatha Christie's handwriting for this, his first book.
    Review quote
    "Many of Curran's discoveries will shape how Christie is read in future....This book is fascinating."--The Independent on Sunday