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Agatha Christie: A Mysterious Life

Laura Thompson

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Biography: general, Prose: non-fiction

A definitive biography of the author, now fully updated with a new introduction to mark 100 years of Agatha Christie publishing

'Laura Thompson's outstanding biography . . . is a pretty much perfect capturing of a life' - Kate Mosse

It has been 100 years since Agatha Christie wrote her first novel and created the formidable Hercule Poirot. In this biography, Laura Thompson describes the Edwardian world in which she grew up, explores the relationships she had, including those with her two husbands and daughter, and investigates the mysteries still surrounding Christie's life - including her disappearance in 1926.

Agatha Christie is a mystery and writing about her is a detection job in itself. But, with access to all of Christie's letters, papers and writing notebooks, as well as interviews with her grandson, daughter, son-in-law and their living relations, Thompson is able to unravel not only the detailed workings of Christie's detective fiction, but the truth behind her private life as well.

First published in 2007 as 'Agatha Christie: An English Mystery', this is a fully updated edition with a new introduction by the author

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Praise for Agatha Christie: A Mysterious Life

  • A triumphant success - Daily Mail

  • Highly accomplished - Mail on Sunday

  • Thompson does a fabulous job of getting inside her head - Observer

  • A superlative and rapturously written biography - Daily Express

  • The most definitive biography so far - Scotland on Sunday

  • The last word on Agatha Christie... superb - Literary Review

  • An excellent biography - Telegraph Review

  • Outstanding

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Laura Thompson

Laura Thompson won the Somerset Maugham Award with her first book, The Dogs. She wrote a biographical study of Nancy Mitford, Life in a Cold Climate, and a group biography of the Mitfords, Take Six Girls, which was a New York Times bestseller. She has also written two books about real life murders: A Different Class of Murder, about the Lord Lucan case, and the CWA Dagger-nominated Rex V Edith Thompson. Her memoir of her publican grandmother, The Last Landlady, was nominated three times as a 2018 book of the year. She lives in Richmond.

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