Agatha Christie's Secret Notebooks

  • Nonfiction-about
  • 2009

When Agatha Christie died in 1976, at age eighty-five, she had become the world's most popular author. At the end of 2004, following the death of Christie's daughter, Rosalind, a remarkable legacy was revealed: seventy-three handwritten volumes of notes, lists, and drafts outlining all her plans for her many books, plays, and stories. Buried in this treasure trove, all in the beloved author's unmistakable handwriting, are revelations about her famous books that will fascinate anyone who has ever read or watched an Agatha Christie story.

A miraculously detailed study that is packed with shrewd perceptions about Christie's fiction... An enthralling miscellany of a book, in which her fans will rummage to their hearts' content.

Sunday Times

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Unearthed among Agatha Christie's affairs at the family home of Greenway were her private notebooks, 73 volumes in Agatha's almost unreadable handwriting. When archivist John Curran began deciphering the notebooks, the extent of this treasure trove became apparent.

This book lifts the lid on Agatha Christie's biggest secret - how her pencilled notes, lists and drafts led to her many successful books, plays and stories. Different plots, alternative endings, deleted scenes - John Curran's investigation reveals a wealth of unpublished material, including two complete Hercule Poirot short stories never published, The Incident of the Dog's Ball and the unseen thirteenth Labour of Hercules.

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