After a hugely successful career and a wonderful life Agatha Christie the Queen’s crime died peacefully on 12 January 1976.Agatha Mary Clarissa Miller was born on 15 September 1890 in Torquay, England. Her father, Frederick, was an outgoing American with an independent income. Her mother, Clara, was rather shy; Agatha resembled her greatly in personality. There were two other children – Madge and Monty, both older than Agatha.When Agatha was eleven her father died and she became even closer to her mother. Without Frederick, Clara became restless and began to travel, at times taking Agatha with her; these early trips began Agatha’s lifelong love of travel.
In 1912 Agatha met Archie Christie, her future husband, a qualified aviator who had applied to join the Royal Flying Corps. After a tempestuous romance, they married on Christmas Eve 1914, by special licence, with Archie returning to the war in France on Boxing Day.Agatha’s happiness was complete when Rosalind, her only daughter was born on 5th August 1919 but by 1926, her life was in tatters: Christie’s mother Clara died and Archie left her for another woman.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 Christies detective fiction, but the truth behind her private life as well.
Agatha Christie: An Autobiography:
This new release of Agatha Christie’s autobiography includes a CD of the famous voice recordings she dictated forty years ago that were only discovered in 2008. Spread over fourteen tracks the CD contains over an hour’s worth of material revealing the normally reclusive Agatha telling her own story in a lively, spontaneous and often conspiratorial way, whose passion in talking about her life is captured in the printed autobiography.