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    Agatha Christie's Secret Notebooks: Fifty Years of Mysteries in the Making (Hardback) By (author) Lecturer in the School of Classics and Ancient History John Curran


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    DescriptionA fascinating exploration of the contents of Agatha Christie's seventy-three private notebooks, including illustrations and two unpublished Poirot stories When Agatha Christie died in 1976, at age eighty-five, she had become the world's most popular author. With sales of more than two billion copies worldwide, in more than one hundred 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--sixty-six crime novels, twenty plays, six romance novels under a pseudonym and more than one hundred and fifty short stories--it was often claimed that she had a photographic memory. Was this true? Or did she resort over those fifty-five 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 legacy was revealed. Unearthed among her affairs at the family home of Greenway were Agatha Christie's private notebooks, seventy-three 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. 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 differ-ent endings, and what were they? What were the plot ideas that she considered but rejected? Full of details she was too modest to reveal in her own autobiography, this remarkable new book includes a wealth of excerpts 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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    Agatha Christie's Secret Notebooks
    Fifty Years of Mysteries in the Making
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Lecturer in the School of Classics and Ancient History John Curran
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 492
    Width: 161 mm
    Height: 231 mm
    Thickness: 42 mm
    Weight: 649 g
    ISBN 13: 9780061988363
    ISBN 10: 0061988367

    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 15710
    BIC subject category V2: DSK
    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: BIO
    DC21: 823.912
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T4.5
    BISAC Merchandising Theme: ET030
    Ingram Theme: CULT/BRITIS
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    B&T General Subject: 170
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 03
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 04
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    BISAC V2.8: BIO007000
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/20CNTY
    Ingram Subject Code: LC
    Libri: I-LC
    BIC subject category V2: BGL
    B&T Approval Code: A25403252
    DC22: 823/.912
    B&T Approval Code: A23306400
    BISAC V2.8: LIT004230
    LC classification: PR6005.H66 Z593 2010
    B&T Approval Code: C25101852
    LC subject heading:
    Illustrations note
    black & white illustrations
    HarperCollins Publishers Inc
    Imprint name
    HarperCollins Publishers
    Publication date
    23 February 2010
    Review quote
    "Meticulously detailed and scrupulous in its judgments."--Strand magazine on Agatha Christie's Secret Notebooks