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The Life and Crimes of Agatha Christie

by Charles Osborne

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Not the best biography of Agatha Christie out there but it does include a better-than-average discussion of her work. ( )
  olegalCA | Dec 9, 2014 |
An excellent reference book for Agatha Christie buffs. Well researched and well written.

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  Ant.Harrison | Apr 28, 2013 |
VG+GoodDJ. HB reprint
  pjeh | Dec 26, 2012 |
"Biographical companion" is an excellent description. Osborne discusses Christie's life as it relates to her books. Each book is discussed in order of being published, from both a critical and Christie's personal viewpoint, as well as thoughts about the characters created by Christie. For instance, the character of the doctor's sister in "The Murder of Roger Ackroyd" was the forerunner of the popular Miss Marple in later books. In addition, Osborne brings in information about what was going on in Christie's private life at the time, which might have influenced her writing. A fascinating book for the Christie fan. ( )
1 vote y2pk | Apr 17, 2010 |
The perfect guide to all of Christie's novels, with plenty of interesting background stories. ( )
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0006531725, Paperback)

A biographical companion to the works of Agatha Christie - revised and updated edition Agatha Christie was the author of over 100 plays, short story collections and novels which have been translated into 103 languages; she is outsold only by the Bible and Shakespeare. Many have tried to copy her but none has succeeded. Attempts to capture her personality on paper, to discover her motivations or the reasons for her popularity, have usually failed. Charles Osborne, a lifelong student of Agatha Christie, has approached this most private of persons above all through her books, and the result is a fascinating companion to her life and work. This 'professional life' of Agatha Christie provides authoritative information on each book's provenance, on the work itself and on its contemporary critical reception set against the background of the major events in the author's life. Illustrated with many rare photographs, this comprehensive guide to the world of Agatha Christie has been fully updated to include details of all the publications, films and TV adaptations in the 25 years since her death.

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Agatha Christie wrote over 100 plays, short story collections, and novels, which have been translated into 103 languages. No one has succeeded in copying her and she remains the best selling modern writer throughout the world. For all her success and renown, however, Agatha Christie was a very private person. Over the years, many have attempted to capture her personality, her motivations, and the reasons for her enduring popularity, with little notable success. Now Charles Osborne has undertaken an examination of Christie and her accomplishments through her own work. The result is a comprehensive, illustrated guide to the world of Agatha Christie, featuring authoritative information on each book's provenance and on its contemporary critical reception set against the background of the major events in the author's life. This book is illustrated with rarely seen photos and updated to include details of the publications, films and TV adaptations of her writings.… (more)

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