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Our January reading choice: The Hollow

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Read Christie 2021

Introducing the 2021 challenge

Welcome to Read Christie 2021, our third official reading challenge. To receive your copy of the Read Christie list which you can print off (or use digitally) to record your progress this year, simply sign up to our newsletter. Sign up here

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This year our book prompts celebrate popular settings, scenes and tropes from Agatha Christie’s works. We begin with the ever popular crime category - a story set in a grand house!

Our January choice: The Hollow

What’s it about?

An unlikely (and not entirely likeable) collection of guests are brought together at Lord and Lady Angkatell’s house, The Hollow, for a relaxing weekend. Dr John Christow sets off keenly, with his reluctant wife Gerda in tow, excited to spend time with his hostess, and his beloved Henrietta. Midge Hardcastle eagerly awaits Edward’s arrival, though he too has eyes only for the beautiful Henrietta. David Angkatell is up (or down) from college, no one is quite sure why, and Lucy is nervously anticipating an additional guest, the Crime man with the egg-shaped head.

I’ve asked the Crime man to lunch on Sunday. It will make a distraction, don’t you think so?
Lucy Angkatell, The Hollow

Alternative stories
If you’ve already read The Hollow, or just fancy choosing a different book to begin the year with, we recommend the following alternative stories: The Mysterious Affair at Styles, The Body in the Library, Crooked House or Curtain.

How to get involved

Simply download and print the Read Christie 2021 postcard. Select your first book, and read it this month. We'll be sharing quotes, clips and trivia on Facebook, and at #ReadChristie2021 on Instagram and Twitter. Join in on social media, via our social media posts, ask questions about the text, and chat with other fans who are also taking part in the challenge. Our first book club will be hosted on Thursday 28th January at 4pm (GMT), on Facebook and Instagram.

Our 2021 reading choices

Puzzling over which titles to choose? We will be reading the following stories throughout 2021. We've kept a couple secret, as we know Christie fans enjoy a surprise.

If you'd like to try a different selection, we recommend the following stories for each category (although some of the prompts have endless choices)

A story set in a grand house: The Mysterious Affair at Styles, The Body in the Library, Crooked House or Curtain

A story featuring love: The Secret Adversary, Sad Cypress or any of the Mary Westmacott novels

A story starring a society figure: Three Act Tragedy, Sparkling Cyanide or The Mirror Crack'd from Side to Side

A story set before WWII: Any Agatha Christie book published before 1939

A story featuring tea: Murder is Easy, One, Two, Buckle My Shoe or At Bertram's Hotel

A story featuring a garden: The 13 Problems, Five Little Pigs or Nemesis

A story starring a vicar: A Murder is Announced, 4.50 from Paddington or The Pale Horse

A story set by the seaside: Peril at End House, And Then There Were None or Evil Under the Sun

A story featuring a school: Towards Zero, Crooked House or Hallowe'en Party

A story set on a mode of transport: The Man in the Brown Suit, The Mystery of the Blue Train, The ABC Murders or Death on the Nile

A story set post WW2: Any Agatha Christie book published after 1945

A story set during bad weather: Murder on the Orient Express, And Then There Were None or Midwinter Murder

This list is by no means exhaustive, but aimed to help you decide on some new reads, and old favourites to accompany you through the year. Picked something different? We want to hear from you! Join in the conversation on social media using #ReadChristie2021.

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