Yesterday, September 15, would have been mystery writer Agatha Christie's 120th birthday!
Here are some facts about Agatha that I found interesting:
- She also wrote romances under the name Mary Westmacott.
- According to the Guinness Book of World Records, Christie is the best-selling novelist of all time.
- Her novels have sold roughly four billion copies, and her estate claims that her works rank third, after those of William Shakespeare and the Bible, as the world's most widely published books.
- And Then There Were None is Christie's best-selling novel with 100 million sales to date, making it the world's best-selling mystery ever, and one of the best-selling books of all time.
- Christie's stage play The Mousetrap holds the record for the longest initial run: it opened at the Ambassadors Theatre in London on 25 November 1952 and as of 2012 is still running after more than 24,600 performances.
- In 1955, Christie was the first recipient of the Mystery Writers of America's highest honour, the Grand Master Award.
In celebration of her birthday, two books caught my eye that I thought mystery readers would be interested in.
The first is "Agatha Christie: Murder In The Making," by John Curran
About The Book:
The second book is "Agatha Christie: An Autobiography."
Millions of fans the world over got to know her beloved characters, Hercule Poirot, Miss Jane Marple, and the rest, yet for decades little was known about their creator. Dame Agatha Christie was a woman who scrupulously kept her private life hidden from view, dodging the press, granting no interviews, and even, for a brief time, famously disappearing. But shortly after the great lady's death, the silence was broken when An Autobiography was finally published.
This re-release has a special code to download that allows readers to hear Agatha Christie's voice as she dictated parts of this book. The recordings were found by her grandson, Mathew Prichard, and he explains how he found his grandmother's recordings.
Each of these books gives Agatha Christie's fans and readers a special insight into the grand lady's life and her writings and would be a very special addition to any mystery lover's library.
My thanks to William Morrow Books for supplying the review copies of these two books. I was not compensated for my opinion.