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Agatha Christie

Agatha Christie

: A very elusive woman

by Lucy Worsley
8th September, 2022

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'Christie lovers should read this biography for the same reason they read her novels.' - The Times

'A model of how to combine biographical information, analysis and literary criticism into a propulsive narrative' - Daily Telegraph


'Worsley's book excels in bringing a broader historical perspective to Christie's life and work, and her enthusiasm is infectious.' - Observer

'Paint(s) an intriguing picture of Christie.' - Guardian


Ms Worsley herself writes engagingly... She combines an almost militant support for her subject with a considered analysis of her books and plays.' - Economist

'Admirably scrupulous' - New York Times


'Nobody in the world was more inadequate to act the heroine than I was.'

Why did Agatha Christie spend her career pretending that she was 'just' an ordinary housewife, when clearly she wasn't? As Lucy Worsley says, 'She was thrillingly, scintillatingly modern'. She went surfing in Hawaii, she loved fast cars, and she was intrigued by the new science of psychology, which helped her through devastating mental illness.

So why - despite all the evidence to the contrary - did Agatha present herself as a retiring Edwardian lady of leisure?
She was born in 1890 into a world which had its own rules about what women could and couldn't do. Lucy Worsley's biography is not just of an internationally renowned bestselling writer. It's also the story of a person who, despite the obstacles of class and gender, became an astonishingly successful working woman.

With access to personal letters and papers that have rarely been seen, Lucy Worsley's biography is both authoritative and entertaining and makes us realise what an extraordinary pioneer Agatha Christie was - truly a woman who wrote the twentieth century.

Lucy Worsley OBE is Chief Curator at the charity Historic Royal Palaces and also presents history documentaries for the BBC. Her bestselling books include Queen Victoria, Jane Austen at Home, A Very British Murder, If Walls Could Talk: An Intimate History of the Home, Courtiers, Cavalier and four historical novels for young readers. In 2019 her BBC One programme Suffragettes with Lucy Worsley won a BAFTA.

Details & Specs

Author: Lucy Worsley


Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton


Format: Hardback


ISBN: 9781529303872


Publication Date: 8th September, 2022


Pages: 415


Dimensions: 234 x 155 x 41 mm


Notes: illustrations (black and white, and colour)


Availability: Available, usually dispatched within 3 days


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