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Agatha Christie

First Lady of Crime

Agatha Christie Sophie Hannah



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Weidenfeld & Nicolson
01 October 2020
Biography; Biography: literary; Literary essays; Literary studies: plays & playwrights; Literary studies: fiction, novelists & prose writers
Includes a new introduction from Sophie Hannah, bestselling author of THE MONOGRAM MURDERS and HAVEN'T THEY GROWN Agatha Christie was not only the biggest selling writer of detective stories the world has ever known, she was also a mystery in herself, giving only the rarest interviews, declining absolutely to become any sort of public figure, and a mystery too in the manner in which she achieved her astonishing success.

H R F Keating, a crime novelist and respected reviewer of crime fiction, brought together a dozen distinguished writers from both sides of the Atlantic to throw light on this double mystery. Some analyse the art itself; some explain the reasons for her success, not just the books, but also in film and theatre.

The approaches are penetrating, affectionate, enthusiastic, analytical, funny - even critical. Together, they give an almost unique insight into the life and work of the First Lady of Crime.
By:   Agatha Christie
Introduction by:   Sophie Hannah
Imprint:   Weidenfeld & Nicolson
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 196mm,  Width: 128mm,  Spine: 28mm
Weight:   240g
ISBN:   9781474619448
ISBN 10:   1474619444
Pages:   272
Publication Date:   01 October 2020
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

H.R.F. Keating was an award-winning crime fiction writer renowned for his series of novels featuring Inspector Ghote of Bombay CID. He was the crime books reviewer for THE TIMES for 15 years, chairman of the Society of Authors and president of the Detection Club. He was a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and was awarded the CWA Cartier Diamond Dagger for outstanding services to crime literature.

Reviews for Agatha Christie: First Lady of Crime

A salute by her fellow thriller writers and by those who know about her plays and films is all that is needed ... Gilbert's summary of Dame Agatha's life strikes just the right note and his handling of the 1926 disappearance when Dame Agatha was missing for nine days is informative ... Walter's account of Christie's sales as seen by her London publisher is full of interest * DAILY TELEGRAPH *

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