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Agatha Christie


Agatha Christie is the world's best-known mystery writer. Her books

have sold over a billion copies in the English language and another

billion in over 45 foreign languages. She is outsold only by the Bible

and Shakespeare.


Agatha Christie was born in 1890 in Torquay in England. Her father was

called Frederick Miller so she was born as Agatha Mary Clarissa Miller.

She was educated at home and studied singing and piano in Paris. In 1914

she married Archibald Christie, but then World War I had broken out.

Agatha worked as a nurse in a Red Cross hospital in Torquay at that time

and that experience was useful later on.


Her first book was published in 1920, The Mysterious Affair at Styles.

There, readers met Hercules Poirot, the eccentric Belgian detective with

the funny-looking moustache. But Agatha's books first attracted

attention in 1926 when she published The Murder of Roger Ackroyd.


Agatha made news herself when she disappeared for a few days after her

husband wanted a divorce. She was soon found to be staying in a hotel

under an alias. Her disappearance is still a mystery! She and Archibald

divorced in 1928 (he died in 1962). When she was around 40 years old she

went on a holiday and visited e.g. Iraq where she met young

archaeologist Max Mallowan, who was 14 years younger. They married in

1930 and Agatha Christie became Agatha Christie Mallowan. During World

War II Agatha worked in the dispensary of University College Hospital in

London. She often assisted her husband on excavations, e.g. in Iraq and



Agatha Christie wrote nearly seventy novels in her career and more than

a hundred short stories. Her most famous characters are Hercules Poirot

and Miss Marple, and the latter one was her personal favourite. She also

wrote a few books about Tommy and Tuppence Beresford, and in some books

there was no particular main character, e.g. in Ten Little Niggers.

Agatha Christie also wrote six romantic novels under the name Mary

Westmacott. Agatha's plays have also made her famous and her best known

play, The Mousetrap, is most likely the best known mystery play in the



Agatha was the president of the Detection Club. She became Dame Agatha

in 1971.


She is best known for her detective stories, largely centred around two

detectives; the elderly Miss Marples and the pompous Poirot. Apart from

her plots, today it is the period detail of her books that fascinates;

the English village, the spa hotel, the country house and the

cruise-ship. She chronicles a vanished pre- WW2 upper middle class

Britain which enhances the staginess of her characters and plots.


Agatha Christie was sure the world’s best selling crime writer.

Moreover, she was an immensely prolific writer. 79 shot stories, 4

non-fiction ones and 19 plays were written by that strange woman. They

were translated into 136 languages. Over 3 billion books by Agatha

Christie were sold worldwide. She is popular for ingenuity of plots,

which are classical murder mysteries: marooned places and a

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