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“Sausage machine” to disliking birds’ feet – 10 facts about Agatha Christie

Agatha Christie, the prolific writer of murder mysteries, was far from dull. Aside from her infamous disappearance in 1926 that fascinated a complete nation, there were many interesting aspects to her life.

1) Agatha dictated all her novels to an assistant. She suffered from dysgraphia, a learning disability, which stopped her from writing in a legible fashion.

2) In reference to her output of writing (93 books, 17 plays), Christie once described herself as “an incredible sausage machine.”

3) She wrote Murder on the Orient Express in room 411 of the Hotel Pera Palace in Istanbul. Today, 411 is dubbed “The Agatha Christie Room.”

4) In her autobiography, the author listed her dislikes, including crowds, loud music, parties, cigarette smoke, marmalade, oysters and the birds’ feet.

5) Christie did not like her most famous character, Hercule Poirot. “I can’t bear him,” she once said. “But he has to go on because people ask for him so much.

6) The Mousetrap, Christie’s famous murder mystery play, has been running continuously since 1952 in London’s West End.

7) Agatha regularly attended the Church of St Mary the Virgin in the South Devon village of Churston Ferrers. In 1955, she donated royalties from a short story called Greenshaw’s Folly to pay for a stained glass window in the building.

8) During the first two years of World War I, she worked in a hospital in Torquay as a volunteer aid, assisting doctors, and then spent the next two years

9) She wrote four archaeologically-themed novels – Murder in Mesopotamia (1936), Appointment with Death (1938), Death on the Nile (1937) and They Came to Baghdad (1951).

10) Christie’s 1920 debut novel, The Mysterious Affair at Styles, was a complete flop. Her break-through book was The Murder of Roger Ackroyd, published in 1926.

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