Eight Fifty-five to Baghdad
In 1928, Agatha Christie, the world's most widely read author, was a thirty-something single mother. With her marriage to her first husband, Archie Christie, over, she decided to take a much-needed holiday; the Caribbean had been her intended destination, but a conversation at a dinner party with a couple who had just returned from Iraq changed her mind. Five days later she was off on a completely different trajectory.
Merging literary biography with travel adventure, and ancient history with contemporary world events, Andrew Eames tells a riveting tale and reveals fascinating and little-known details en route in this exotic chapter in the life of Agatha Christie. His own trip from London to Baghdad--a journey much more difficult to make in 2002 with the political unrest in the Middle East and the war in Iraq, than it was in 1928--becomes ineluctably intertwined with Agatha's, and the people he meets could have stepped out of a mystery novel.
Fans of Agatha Christie will delight in Eames' descriptions of the places and events that appeared in and influenced her fiction--and armchair travelers will thrill in the exotica of the journey itself.
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Review: The 8:55 to BaghdadUser Review - Les Wilson - Goodreads
Definitely one of the best travel books I've read. Not only following the footsteps of Agatha Christie, but keen observations of his fellow passengers and natives of the countries traveled. Highly recommended. Read full review
Review: The 8:55 to BaghdadUser Review - Craig Willis - Goodreads
Awesome read, taught me a lot about Agatha Christie whilst also being thoroughly entertaining and inspiring. I found this book in an Austrian thrift store, one of the only English books so I thought it was worth a punt, very happy I picked it up! Read full review
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