Agatha Christie: Around the World
Young Agatha's Grand Tour
I am undoubtedly a huge fan of her mysteries but when I hear her name, I always think of that famous photograph of her as an older lady. You know the one I mean - it's invariably on the book covers.
But here's a book of memoirs written by Agatha when she was younger. It's perfectly delightful and totally fascinating.
Meet the young Agatha Christie
In 1922, she was a young wife and mother. Her husband Archie was approached to embark on a paid ten-month journey of the Commonwealth as part of a goodwill tour and (oh, for the return of the days of being a chattel and travelling free) trains and boats offered free passage for women who were accompanying their husbands.
This was an offer too good to refuse
Throughout their trip, Agatha wrote regularly to her mother, enclosing photographs, newspaper cuttings and other bits and pieces. For this book, these were carefully curated by her grandson and we now have a wonderful and personal insight into the grand tour.
Read about the people she met, the events she attended and some curious sightseeing activities. Everything was recorded in such perfect detail. With its personal photographs, postcards and notes, the book is rather like browsing through someone's secret diary.
Agatha the surfer
I certainly can't imagine the older lady from the book covers surfing, can you? But for the young Agatha it was her favourite pastime whilst abroad. It really seems that she was game for anything and took such a delight in every aspect of the trip (although she was not too fond of the sea voyages in rough weather, it must be said).
On a purely girlie note for a moment, just wait until you see the photographs of a young, slim Agatha in the most gorgeous 1920s outfits.
The early days of international travel
As we read her letters and journal entries, and admire the faded photographs and newspaper cuttings, we are treated to a glimpse of another world. - an era of leisurely and sophisticated travel.
In those days, travelling seems to have been so much more pleasurable.
There were no dreadful queues at the airport to deal with and the whole proceedings were much more fun.
Although Agatha wasn't always happy at sea, as you'll discover.
This is a delightful period piece and a must for any Christie fan.It makes an absolutely splendid gift too.
See quotes from the book
This is a fascinating book. Agatha Christie seemed to be such a private person and was careful to guard that privacy.
And yet, she was happy to tell us more about her life in these fascinating autobiographies.
The book of travels that I have written about above describe Agatha's grand tour with her first husband, Archie.By 1930, they were divorced and she remarried Max Mallowan, an archeologist.This took her to completely new life that was reflected in her later books.
How did she become a writer? It wasn't really a very usual occupation for women in those days, especially in the genre of mystery and murder.Learn more in her own words as she describes her childhood in Victorian times and progresses through her life and phenomenal career.
There is one story from her life that she never explained. As a young married woman, Agatha disappeared for eleven days.
Ever since, people have tried to solve the mystery. She was found in a hotel in Harrogate but she never explained what she was doing there or why this strange occurrence had taken place.
Personally,I believe that she had her own reasons for doing so and that it was part of an elaborate plot she has constructed. Scroll down to see a link for more information.
I have always been fascinated by the story of her disappearance. Here, 'Poirot' tries to solve it.
Find out more about her strange disappearance
- Agatha Christie: The True Mystery
As a young woman, novelist Agatha Christie disappeared in mysterious circumstances.When she was eventually found, it was said that she had amnesia. I don't believe it. I suspect a careful plot.
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