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Agatha Christie: A Mysterious Life

Laura Thompson

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Hodder & Stoughton
01 July 2020
Biography; Biography: literary; Crime & mystery
'Laura Thompson's outstanding biography . . . is a pretty much perfect capturing of a life' - Kate Mosse It has been 100 years since Agatha Christie wrote her first novel and created the formidable Hercule Poirot. In this biography, Laura Thompson describes the Edwardian world in which she grew up, explores the relationships she had, including those with her two husbands and daughter, and investigates the mysteries still surrounding Christie's life - including her disappearance in 1926.

Agatha Christie is a mystery and writing about her is a detection job in itself. But, with access to all of Christie's letters, papers and writing notebooks, as well as 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 her private life as well.

First published in 2007 as 'Agatha Christie: An English Mystery', this is a fully updated edition with a new introduction by the author
By:   Laura Thompson
Imprint:   Hodder & Stoughton
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 196mm,  Width: 128mm,  Spine: 40mm
Weight:   393g
ISBN:   9781472269560
ISBN 10:   147226956X
Pages:   576
Publication Date:   01 July 2020
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Laura Thompson won the Somerset Maugham Award with her first book, The Dogs. She wrote a biographical study of Nancy Mitford, Life in a Cold Climate, and a group biography of the Mitfords, Take Six Girls, which was a New York Times bestseller. She has also written two books about real life murders: A Different Class of Murder, about the Lord Lucan case, and the CWA Dagger-nominated Rex V Edith Thompson. Her memoir of her publican grandmother, The Last Landlady, was nominated three times as a 2018 book of the year. She lives in Richmond.

Reviews for Agatha Christie: A Mysterious Life

A triumphant success - Daily Mail Highly accomplished - Mail on Sunday Thompson does a fabulous job of getting inside her head - Observer A superlative and rapturously written biography - Daily Express The most definitive biography so far - Scotland on Sunday The last word on Agatha Christie... superb - Literary Review An excellent biography - Telegraph Review Outstanding


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