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Read Christie 2022

Hello and welcome to another year of exploring Agatha Christie’s stories. In Read Christie 2022 we’re focusing on Agatha Christie’s love of travel, and how that feeds into her adventure-filled works. To receive your copy of the reading challenge postcard you simply need to sign up for our monthly newsletter. You’ll receive the challenge in your welcome email.

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To the challenge!

We choose 12 Agatha Christie stories to fit this year’s categories. We’ll have an official pick each month, but we’ll also recommend some alternative reads so you can read from your own collection, rent them from a lending service or library, or purchase a few new stories you want to dive into.

We’ve compiled an FAQs about the challenge, which you can discover here: Read Christie FAQs

Our first choice: The Man in the Brown Suit

So here goes. Anne Beddingfeld starts to narrate her adventures.
The Man in the Brown Suit, Agatha Christie
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Our January Pick: The Man in the Brown Suit

This month’s theme is 'A story inspired by Agatha’s travels' and we wanted to get stuck in with this excellent book, inspired by Agatha’s 10-month-long trip she took in 1922 with her first husband Archie Christie. This novel is so influenced by the author’s own travel we’ve included some recommendations for further reading you’ll enjoy from her autobiographical works.

What’s it about?

Part murder mystery, part espionage-thriller, the heroine Anne Beddingfeld seeks to uncover the truth behind a death she witnesses in a London Underground station. Orphaned and on the hunt for adventure, the narrative follows her quest, as well as that of Sir Eustace Peddler MP, whose English house is linked to another suspicious death.

Armed simply with a slip of paper which reads ‘ 17 1 22 Kilmordan Castle’ Anne sets off on a unique trip to South Africa, determined to get to the bottom of the case (if her seasickness doesn’t get in the way that is). Sir Eustace is on board the same vessel, but might this merely be a coincidence?

Alternative stories to discover

If you’d prefer to choose a different direction this month, may we recommend The Mystery of the Blue Train, Murder on the Orient Express, Appointment with Death or Death on the Nile (bear in mind this is our February pick, to tie-in with the film’s release).

How to get involved

Once you've printed your challenge postcard, simply fill in the story you've chosen for this category and get reading! If you post about your choice on social media make sure to tag us in the photo so we can see it. Use #ReadChristie2022 on Instagram for your chance to be featured in our monthly reading round-ups. Alternatively, you can let us know via our Twitter, Facebook or Instagram which book you've chosen, in the comment sections of our posts. Some readers choose to join our end of the month book club, or incorporate it into their own book club plans. However you join us, we hope you have fun with this year's challenge.

The book club

We hosted a range of different online book clubs last year, and look forward to plotting a few more for 2022. However, we’ll kick off the year with our regular format at 9am and 5pm on Thursday 27th January 2022 (UK times). We post on both Instagram and Facebook at these times, and pose live questions for an hour, and discuss reader’s opinions of the book in the comments.

Further reading

If you want to find out a bit more about how Agatha’s own travels inspired this work we’d recommend taking a look at the following: The Grand Tour, ‘Setting Off’ (p2 -42) and ‘South Africa’ (p45-129). This offers unique insight into her thoughts, feelings and letters during her trip. For a shorter account please see An Autobiography, ‘Part IV Round The World’ (p289-293).

Our 2022 Reading Choices

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