Agatha: The Real Life of Agatha Christie

Drawing of Agatha Christie against backdrop of London skyline
Anne Martinetti
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Tuesday, Aug 16, 2016

Surely you’ve read one of Agatha Christie's detective novels, or seen a movie, TV show or play based on one of her stories. At the very least you are familiar with the one the Guinness Book of World Records lists as THE best-selling novelist of all time – Agatha Christie. I recommend you take a little bit of time and learn more about her in this new graphic biography by the talented trio of Anne Martinetti, Guillaume Lebeau and Alexandre Franc.

Agatha: the Real Life of Agatha Christie begins with her planned “disappearance” in 1926, but you also learn about her childhood on the coast of England around the turn of the century, her first marriage and subsequent divorce, her time as a volunteer nurse during the First World War, and her life as the writer of 66 detective novels and 14 short story collections. A few of the characters that she brought to life show up in the book – Hercule Poirot, Miss Marple and Tommy and Tuppence Beresford – as her constant and sometimes critical companions. Although much has been written about her and her life, this is the first graphic effort and a complete pleasure to read.

Sarah A.

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