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Agatha Christie

Now who wouldn't enjoy whiling away the day with a pot of tea, a bowl of snacks, and a cracking good Christie novel? I ask you!!!

Agatha Christie (Agatha Mary Clarissa Miller), 1950

Agatha Christie and Max

As a child Agatha Christie was encouraged to take part in open-air amateur dramatics on the lawns in front of Cockington Court.

Agatha Miller

Dame Agatha Mary Clarissa Christie (nee Miller)

A bronze commemorative bust of Agatha Christie can be found in a public garden close to Torquay harbour. It was unveiled by her daughter Rosalind Hicks in September 1990 to mark the centenary of her birth in Torquay.

Archie & Agatha in Honolulu

The Mousetrap celebrates its 56th birthday. For the celebration a certificate was presented by Guinness World Records to Sir Stephen Waley-Cohen, producer of The Mousetrap, in the presence of Agatha Christie’s grandson Matthew Pritchard, who confirmed that when he returns to see the long-running thriller with his own grandchildren next month five generations of the family will have enjoyed the show. “I think if you told my grandmother that in 1952 it would have been beyond belief,” he said.

Rosalind and Mathew in 1947

An elderly Dame Agatha Christie published by The New Yorker in 2010.

Agatha Christie's collection of her own works in the library at Greenway

On the very last page of her autobiography,AC refers to,‘2 summits of ambition fulfilled.’I mention one of these-‘the proud ownership of a bottle-nosed Morris-a car of my own!’-However,the second outstanding moment of her life was something that money cannot buy-dining with the Queen.AC explains:‘Both of these happenings,you see,had something of a fairytale quality about them.They were things that I thought could never happen to me:to have a car of my own,and to dine with the QueenofEngland.’

Agatha and Max, her second husband, with her dog Bingo at Greenway. With the kind permission of Mathew Prichard

Agatha Christie Mario Zucca illustration