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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the contents of Agatha Christie's 73 recently discovered notebooks, including illustrations, deleted extracts, and two unpublished Poirot stories.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, she had achieved the impossible - more than one book every year since the 1920s, every one a bestseller. So prolific was her output, it was even claimed that Agatha must have a photographic memory. Was this true? Or did she resort over those 55 years to more mundane methods of planning her ingenious crimes? Following the death of Agatha's daughter, Rosalind, at the end of 2004, a remarkable legacy was revealed. Unearthed among her affairs at the family home of Greenway were Agatha Christie's private notebooks, 73 handwritten volumes which, though known about for years, had been largely ignored, probably because Agatha's unmistakable handwriting was so hard to read. But when archivist John Curran began deciphering the notebooks, the extent of this treasure trove became apparent...This book lifts the lid on Agatha Christie's biggest secret - how her pencilled notes, lists and drafts led to her many successful books, plays and stories. Alternative plots, titles and characters, deleted scenes, even her plans for the books she didn't get to write - John Curran's investigation reveals a wealth of unpublished material, including two complete Hercule Poirot short stories never before published: The Incident of the Dog's Ball and the unseen thirteenth Labour of Hercules!


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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    Fifty Years of Mysteries in the Making - Includes Two Unpublished Poirot Stories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, By (author) Agatha Christie
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 492
    Width: 128 mm
    Height: 194 mm
    Thickness: 38 mm
    Weight: 458 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780007310579
    ISBN 10: 0007310579
    Classifications

    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T18.5
    DC22: 823.912
    BIC E4L: CRI
    BIC subject category V2: BJ
    BISAC V2.8: BIO007000, FIC004000
    Libri: CHRI3400
    BISAC V2.8: LIT000000
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 25740
    Libri: ENGM1810
    BIC subject category V2: FFC, FZC
    BISAC V2.8: LCO000000, FIC022000
    Thema V1.0: DND, FFC, FZ
    BIC E4L: CRM
    Publisher
    HarperCollins Publishers
    Imprint name
    HarperCollins Publishers Ltd
    Publication date
    05 August 2010
    Publication City/Country
    London
    Author Information
    John Curran, a lifelong Christie fan, lives in Dublin. For many years he edited the official Agatha Christie Newsletter and acted as a consultant to the National Trust during the restoration of Greenway House, Dame Agatha's Devon home. John has been working with her grandson, Mathew Prichard, to establish the Agatha Christie Archive, and is currently writing a doctoral thesis on Agatha Christie at Trinity College, Dublin.
    Review quote
    'Many of Curran's discoveries will shape how Christie is read in future... This book is fascinating.' INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY 'Agatha Christie's notebooks have had to wait for the meticulous attention, dedication and prodigious knowledge of John Curran to achieve publication.' THE TIMES 'This book is the story of a love affair between Curran and the notebooks, revealing above all how hard Christie worked.' INDEPENDENT 'A meticulously detailed study that is packed with shrewd perceptions about Christie's fiction... Curran has produced an enthralling miscellany of a book, in which her fans will rummage to their heart's content.' SUNDAY TIMES 'Curran has organized his material as efficiently as an Agatha Christie mystery... His enthusiasm for his subject carries us along.' IRISH TIMES 'Something unimaginably unique: an unknown Poirot story, one that had lain silently between its covers for over 60 years.' THE SCOTSMAN