Agatha Christie's Notebooks: Stories and Secrets of Murder in the Making

9780007488629: Agatha Christie's Notebooks: Stories and Secrets of Murder in the Making

Agatha Christie’s life and career told through the decades, from the never-before-published original ending to her first book to the unused ideas for her last, complete with four unpublished Agatha Christie stories featuring Hercule Poirot and Miss Marple.

Agatha Christie wrote more than one book every year from the 1920s to the 1970s, every one a bestseller. But how did she do it? Unearthed among her papers after her death were 73 private notebooks in Agatha’s almost unreadable handwriting. It was only when archivist John Curran began deciphering the notebooks that the extent of this treasure trove became apparent.

This unique audiobook is based on John Curran’s award-winning pair of books Agatha Christie’s Secret Notebooks and Murder in the Making. Exploring the techniques she used to surprise and entertain generations of readers, he also reveals a wealth of unpublished material, alternative endings, deleted scenes and unused story ideas.

Read by Hugh Fraser, this audiobook also includes a number of Agatha Christie rarities, from the unpublished ending to her first novel, four short stories and her essay on creating Hercule Poirot, to the notes for her final unfinished work.

Includes the short stories The Man Who Knew, The Incident of the Dog’s Ball, the thirteenth Labour of Hercules, and The Case of the Caretaker's Wife, all read by Hugh Fraser, back on ITV this year as Captain Hastings for the Poirot finale Curtain.

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‘In this truly fascinating book, John Curran not only gives us the facts of what is written in Mrs Christie’s notebooks – he shows us how her remarkable novels came to be written.’ DAVID SUCHET

'Many of Curran's discoveries will shape how Christie is read in the future.' INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY

‘Agatha Christie’s notebooks have had to wait for the meticulous attention, dedication and prodigious knowledge of John Curran to achieve publication.’ THE TIMES

About the Author:

John Curran, a lifelong Christie fan, lives in Dublin. For many years he edited the official Agatha Christie Newsletter and acted as consultant to the National Trust during the restoration of Greenway House, Dame Agatha’s Devon home. John has been working with her grandson, Mathew Prichard, to establish the Agatha Christie Archive, and is currently writing a doctoral thesis on Agatha Christie at Trinity College, Dublin.

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