Agatha Christie's Secret Notebooks: Fifty Years of Mysteries in the Making

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HarperCollins, 2009 - Authors, English - 492 pages

When Agatha Christie died in 1976, at age eighty-five, she had become the world's most popular author. At the end of 2004, following the death of Christie's daughter, Rosalind, a remarkable legacy was revealed: seventy-three handwritten volumes of notes, lists, and drafts outlining all her plans for her many books, plays, and stories. Buried in this treasure trove, all in the beloved author's unmistakable handwriting, are revelations about her famous books that will fascinate anyone who has ever read or watched an Agatha Christie story.

Full of details she was too modest to reveal in her own autobiography, this remarkable book includes a wealth of excerpts and pages reproduced directly from the notebooks and her letters--plus, two complete, recently discovered Hercule Poirot short stories never before published.

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User Review  - tricia013101 - LibraryThing

Interesting find of how Christie decided on her plots and wrote her novels. If you haven't read her books don't use this book to learn about them because the plot is often given away. Read full review

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User Review  - mrtall - LibraryThing

Here's an immediate warning: if you're not a real Agatha Christie fan, and by that I mean someone who's read and re-read at least three-quarters of her many books, then John Curran's new look into ... Read full review



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John Curran is the long-time literary advisor to her Agatha Christie's estate, often giving talks and appearing on documentaries about her life. He has spent the last few years unpicking the notebooks and deciphering Agatha Christie's handwriting for this, his first book.

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