The 8.55 To Baghdad
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The 8.55 To Baghdad

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Travel journalist Andrew Eames was in the ancient Syrian city of Aleppo when he met an elderly lady who had known Agatha Christie. Fascinated by the exotic history of this quintessentially English crime writer, he decided to retrace the trip from London to Baghdad which she made in 1928 - a journey which was to change Agatha Christie completely and led to her other life as the wife of an archaeologist in the deserts of Syria and Iraq. Travelling from London to Baghdad by train on the eve of the Iraq war, through the troubled areas of the Balkans and the Middle East, Eames found stark contrasts to the old Orient Express route as well as some unexpected connections with the past.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 432 pages
  • 126 x 196 x 30mm | 281.23g
  • Transworld Publishers Ltd
  • Corgi Books
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Illustrations (chiefly col.), 1 map, col. ports.
  • 0552150770
  • 9780552150774
  • 323,187

About Andrew Eames

Andrew Eames was born in 1958. His career in journalism started in south-east Asia, where he travelled and lived for two years. From there he returned to the UK to work first on specialist magazines and then in guide book publishing. Ten years ago he went freelance, and has been writing travel and general interest features mainly for national newspapers, such as The Telegraph and The Times. He is the author of Crossing the Shadow Line, Four Scottish Journeys and Benn's London. He is married with two children.show more

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"If there ever was a lesson in how to construct a travel book, this is it. Eames has the acute eye and polished pen of an outstanding observer ... a splendid read" * The Daily Telegraph * "Two terrific subjects ... the surprisingly adventurous life of Agatha Christie and the major hotspots of current world politics" * Daily Mail * "Vivid and atmospheric ... Eames has succeeded in the difficult task of closing an entertaining travel narrative with the brutal conclusions of modern history" * Independent * "The best travel book of 2004" * Daily Mail * "A fascinating mix of material" * Sunday Times *show more

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"Two terrific subjects ... the surprisingly adventurous life of Agatha Christie and the major hotspots of current world politics"show more

Back cover copy

Travel journalist Andrew Eames was in the ancientSyrian city of Aleppo when he met an elderly lady who had known Agatha Christie . Fascinated by the exotic history of this quintessentially English crime writer, he decided to retrace the trip from London to Baghdad which she made in1928 - a journey which was to change Agatha Christie completely and led to her other life as the wife of an archaeologist in the deserts of Syria and Iraq. Travelling from London to Baghdad by train on theeve of the Iraq war , through thetroubled areas of the Balkans and the Middle East, Eames found stark contrasts to the old Orient Express route as well as some unexpected connections with the past.show more

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314 ratings
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