Christies Life

Christie's Life

"One of the luckiest things that can happen to you in life is to have a happy childhood. I had a very happy childhood." So reads the opening sentences in Agatha Christie's autobiography which she wrote between the ages of 60 and 75. The biography below draws on Agatha Christie's own recollections of her life but also the official published biographies by Laura Thompson and Janet Morgan. 



Agatha Mary Clarissa Miller was born on 15 September 1890 in Torquay, Devon, South West England into a comfortably well off middle class family.

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poirot is born

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Her first novel The Mysterious Affair at Styles took some time to finish and even longer to find a publisher.

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A difficult time

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Archie and Agatha’s relationship, strained by the sadness in her life, broke down when Archie fell in love with another keen golfer and friend of the family Nancy Neale.

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A new start

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Agatha set off for Baghdad and from there travelled to the archaeological site at Ur where she became friends with the Woolleys who ran the dig.

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the war years


N or M? was Christie's patriotic gesture to the war effort and she was disconcerted to see its publication delayed in the US until after the Americans had joined the Allies.

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After a hugely successful career and a very happy life Agatha died peacefully on 12 January 1976.

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