Format Hardcover
Publication Date 03/06/18
ISBN 9781681776538
Trim Size / Pages 9 x 6 in / 544

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Agatha Christie

A Mysterious life

Laura Thompson

The author of the New York Times bestselling The Six now turns her formidable biographical skills to the greatest crime writer in the world, Agatha Christie. 

It has been one hundred years since Agatha Christie wrote her first novel and created the formidable Hercule Poirot.  A brilliant and award winning biographer, Laura Thompson now turns her sharp eye to Agatha Christie. Arguably the greatest crime writer in the world, Christie's books still sell over four million copies each year—more than thirty years after her death—and it shows no signs of slowing. But who was the woman behind these mystifying, yet eternally pleasing, puzzlers? Thompson reveals the Edwardian world in which Christie grew up, explores her relationships, including those with her two husbands and daughter, and investigates the many mysteries still surrounding Christie's life, most notably, her eleven-day disappearance in 1926. Agatha Christie is as mysterious as the stories she penned, and writing about her is a detection job in itself. With unprecedented access to all of Christie's letters, papers, and notebooks, as well as fresh and insightful interviews with her grandson, daughter, son-in-law and their living relations, Thompson is able to unravel not only the detailed workings of Christie's detective fiction, but the truth behind this mysterious woman.

A writer and freelance journalist, Laura Thompson won the Somerset Maugham award for her first book, The Dogs, and is also the author of the critically acclaimed biography of Nancy Mitford, Life in a Cold Climate. Her most recent book, The Six: The Lives of the Mitford Sisters, was a national bestseller.

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Endorsements & Reviews

“Sympathetic and insightful. Thompson makes cogent arguments for the craft and depth of Christie’s writing that will surely lead new readers to her books—exactly where she would have wanted the focus.” Publishers Weekly
“Laura Thompson has certainly written the last word on Agatha Christie.  Her book is a superb piece of history. ” The Literary Review
“Affectionate, admiring, perceptive, and absolutely convincing. ” The Sunday Telegraph
“This splendid account of Christie's life and work is unlikely to be bettered. ” The Evening Standard
“This book is a gem: fresh, intelligent, and assured. ” The Sunday Times (London)
“A fine writer.  One can't help admire the way Thompson breathes new life into an intriguing tale. ” The London Review of Books