Ten Facts about Agatha Christie


Since the book of the month is And Then There Were None, it seems like great timing for ten facts about the talented Agatha Christie.

1. Agatha Christie’s name has appeared every day for the last 53 years in every newspaper with a West End theatre listing.

2. Her Mary Westmacott pseudonym remained a secret for almost 20 years.

3. The Pera Palace Hotel in Istanbul has an Agatha Christie Room, where, it claims, she wrote Murder on the Orient Express.

4. On April 13th, 1917, she qualified as a dispenser, thus acquiring her knowledge of poisons.

5. On the day she died, the West End theatres dimmed their lights for one hour.

6. She has a rose named after her.

7. She wrote her first book as the result of a challenge from her sister Madge.

8. With between 2 and 4 billion works sold (depending on your source), she is bested only by William Shakespeare and the Bible. Christie is also the most translated novelist in history.

9. In 1926, after quarreling with her first husband, who revealed he was having an affair, she disappeared for eleven days and was the subject of a nationwide manhunt.

10. When she killed off the character in 1975’s Curtains, The New York Times ran a full-page obituary. Hercule Poirot remains the only fictional character ever given such treatment by the newspaper.