Endless Night

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A young man falls in love and insists on building his family home on cursed gypsy land.

"The crashing, not to say horrific suspense at the end is perhaps the most devastating that this surpriseful author has ever brought off."

The Guardian, 1967

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About this story

First released

October, 1967 (novel, Collins)

Genre

  • Murder Mystery, 
  • Supernatural

Formats

  • Novel, 
  • TV, 
  • Radio, 
  • Graphic Novel, 
  • Film

Murder methods

Setting

  • House

Love and evil collide on cursed ground. The title Endless Night was taken from William Blake’s Auguries of Innocence and describes Christie’s favourite theme in the novel: a “twisted” character, who always chooses evil over good.

Christie finished Endless Night in six weeks, as opposed to the three-four months that most of her other novels took. Despite being in her seventies while writing it, she told an interviewer that being Michael, the twenty-something narrator, “wasn’t difficult. After all, you hear people like him talking all the time.”

The story was adapted for film in 1972, starring Hayley ...

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Love and evil collide on cursed ground. The title Endless Night was taken from William Blake’s Auguries of Innocence and describes Christie’s favourite theme in the novel: a “twisted” character, who always chooses evil over good.

Christie finished Endless Night in six weeks, as opposed to the three-four months that most of her other novels took. Despite being in her seventies while writing it, she told an interviewer that being Michael, the twenty-something narrator, “wasn’t difficult. After all, you hear people like him talking all the time.”

The story was adapted for film in 1972, starring Hayley Mills and Britt Ekland, however Christie felt the added sexual scenes were unnecessary. It was adapted for BBC Radio 4 in 2008 and a graphic novel version of the story was released later that year. Endless Night was also adapted for TV in 2013 with the added character of Miss Marple played by Julia McKenzie.

The book is dedicated to Christie's relative Nora Prichard, who first mentioned a field called 'Gipsy's Acre' on the Welsh moors.

"In some families one child seems born to go wrong"

Agatha Christie, in an interview, 1967



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