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Author of the week - Agatha Christie
Very few of us are what we seem.
“Intuition is like reading a word without having to spell it out. A child can't do that because it has had so little experience. A grown-up person knows the word because they've seen it often before.”
― Agatha Christie, Murder at the Vicarage
Born in Torquay, Devon, England, U.K. on Sep 15, as Agatha Mary Clarissa Miller, she is a gem from 1890 cherished by the world, till date and for years to come.
Even today when you search ‘top mystery authors of all time‘ her name is sure to show up at the top marking her legacy. Agatha Christie has always been the best-selling author and will remain so too! after writing 66 crime novels and story collections, fourteen plays, and six novels under the pseudonym Mary Westmacott in Romance with most of them becoming classics. Her works have sold over a billion copies in the English language and a billion in translation.
Another fun fact, Index Translationum gives that she remains the most-translated individual author, having been translated into at least 103 languages. All bling-bling about her is found everywhere but did you know she served in a Devon hospital during the First World War and as a pharmacy assistant at University College Hospital, London, during the second … acquiring a good knowledge of poisons which feature in many of her novels.
As her expertise genre, Christie was herself in a mysterious disappearance for 11 days in 1926 the same year when The Murder of Roger Ackroyd was released; this book a major hit later marked as a genre classic and one of the author's all-time favorites. Christie had lost her mother and her husband came up with his affair with Nancy Neele … traumatized Agatha left her home leaving behind a letter for her secretary saying that she was going to Yorkshire. Despite the massive manhunt she was not found for several days.
Later in 1930, Christie got married to archaeologist Max Mallowan with whom she traveled on several expeditions. These trips of her, later recounted in 1946 memoir Come, Tell Me How You Live. Their marriage was delightfully beautiful and remained so till Christie’s death in 1976.
To end I’m bringing forward some of her words…
Christie said of herself in 1946:
"My chief dislikes are crowds, loud noises, gramophones, and cinemas. I dislike the taste of alcohol and do not like smoking. I do like sun, sea, flowers, traveling, strange foods, sports, concerts, theatres, pianos, and doing embroidery."
and here’s a piece of life advice ;)
“Use that fluff of yours you call a brain.”
― Agatha Christie, A Murder Is Announced
Hope you enjoyed the read…