Agatha Christie

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Who is Agatha Christie?

 

Dame Agatha Christie (born in Torquay, Devon, South West England 15 September 1890 – 12 January 1976 with the name Agatha Miller) was an English writer. I could easily say that she is one of best writers ever! She is the best-selling novelist in history, her books have sold over a billion copies in the English language and a billion in translation.

She is also best known for her crime, suspense and mystery novels, she introduced two of the best fictional detectives in history, Hercule Poirot and Miss Marple. Her upbringing was pretty unusual, even for that time, she was home schooled largely by her father Frank Miller, an American stock broker. Her mother, Clara, who was an excellent storyteller, did not want her to learn to read until she was eight but Agatha, taught herself to read by the age of five.

By the age of 18 she started to write her first short stories some of which were later published in the 1930’s. In 1910 they set off for Cairo and a three month “season” at the Gezirah Palace Hotel (Marriott Zamalek Today).It was in 1912 that Agatha met Archie Christie, a qualified aviator who had applied to join the Royal Flying Corps. Their courtship was a whirlwind affair; both were desperate to marry but with no money. According to her autobiography, it was the “excitement of the stranger” that attracted them both. They married on Christmas Eve 1914 after both had experienced war – Archie in France and Agatha on the Homefront now working with the Voluntary Aid Detachment in a Red Cross Hospital in Torquay. They spent their honeymoon night in The Grand Hotel, Torquay and on the 27th December Archie returned to France. They met infrequently during the War Years and it wasn’t until January 1918 when Archie was posted to the War Office in London that Agatha felt her married life truly began.

It was during the First World War that Agatha turned to writing detective stories. Her debut novel The Mysterious Affair at Styles took some time to finish and even longer to find a publisher. That’s when Poirot was born, She started writing partly in response to a bet from her sister Madge that she couldn’t write a good detective story and partly to relieve the monotony of the dispensing work which she was now doing.  for more details watch the video below! if you enjoy it, please like and subscribe.

Sources:

https://www.agathachristie.com/about-christie#christies-life

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Agatha_Christie

 

 

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