Everyone who is anyone, will have more than adaquately covered the news that September 15th would have been Agatha Christie‘s 120th birthday, so that any tribute, which I attempted to pay her, would just be more of the same.
Suffice to say that I think she is definitely the all time ‘Queen of Crime’, for me.
Even today, if I manage to get charge of the remote control and the lounge to myself, I like nothing better than curling up in the corner of the sofa and watching the re-runs, on one of the more obscure cable TV channels.
I thought that the best way to remember her, was to dedicate this slot to a couple of her attributed quotes, and to highlight her own autobiography, thus allowing her to have the final word…..
Agatha Christie’s ‘most absorbing mystery’ — her own autobiography, with new exclusive CD containing newly discovered priceless recordings of Agatha dictating excerpts from more than 40 years ago.
Over the three decades since her death on 12 January 1976, many of Agatha Christie’s readers and reviewers have maintained that her most compelling book is probably still her least well-known. Her candid Autobiography, written mainly in the 1960s, modestly ignores the fact that Agatha had become the best-selling novelist in history and concentrates on her fascinating private life. From early childhood at the end of the 19th century, through two marriages and two World Wars, and her experiences both as a writer and on archaeological expeditions with her second husband, Max Mallowan, Agatha shares the details of her varied and sometimes complex life with real passion and openness.
Then, in 2008, Agatha Christie’s grandson made a remarkable discovery. While clearing out her old house in preparation for its opening to the public, Greenway in Devon, a box of old tape reels was found to contain the recordings of Agatha dictating her Autobiography for her typist. These remarkable recordings are not only an amazingly rare example of Agatha’s voice, but they also partly explain the engaging nature of her Autobiography – for they reveal the normally reclusive Agatha telling her own story in a lively, spontaneous and often conspiratorial way, whose passion in talking about her life is captured in the printed Autobiography. Now this new edition comes complete with a CD of highlights from these priceless tapes, giving Agatha Christie’s millions of fans the opportunity to hear the Queen of Crime’s story in her own words, and rediscover her remarkable full story in this special edition of her book, which is newly introduced by Mathew Prichard, the grandson who discovered the tapes.
Attributed To Agatha Christie….
“The human mind prefers to be spoonfed with the thoughts of others, but deprived of such nourishment it will, reluctantly, begin to think for itself – and such thinking, remember, is original thinking and may have valuable results”
“Most successes are unhappy. That’s why they are successes – they have to reassure themselves about themselves by achieving something that the world will notice”