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Agatha Christie's Secret Notebooks: Fifty Years of Mysteries in the Making
 
 
Author
John Curran.
Publisher Harper  
Format hardcover
Product Dimensions 9.25 x 6.25 x 1.5 inches
ISBN 9780061988363
Pages/Publication Date 492/2009
Daedalus Item Code 31078
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By 1976, when she died at age 85, Agatha Christie had become the world's most popular author. So prolific was her output—66 crime novels, 20 plays, six romance novels under a pen name, and 150 short stories—it was believed that she had a photographic memory. Was this true, or did she resort to more mundane methods of working out her ingenious crimes? Such questions were answered when Christie's private notebooks were finally unearthed in 2005, including 73 volumes of notes, lists, and drafts for finished works and unpublished stories. How did the infamous twist in The Murder of Roger Ackroyd really come about? Which very famous Poirot novel started life as an adventure for Miss Marple? Which books were designed to have completely different endings, and what were they? What were the plot ideas that she considered but rejected? John Curran, who for many years was the literary adviser to Christie's estate, editor of the official Agatha Christie newsletter, and consultant during the restoration of Christie's Greenway House, not only transcribes these notebooks but also interprets their contents and places them in context. This edition also includes two newly discovered complete Hercule Poirot short stories never before published.

"A meticulously detailed study that is packed with shrewd perceptions about Christie's fiction.... Curran has produced an enthralling miscellany of a book, in which her fans will rummage to their heart's content."—Sunday Times (London)

"Many of Curran's discoveries will shape how Christie is read in future.... This book is fascinating."—Independent on Sunday (London)

 
 
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