Facts About Agatha Christie We Bet You Did Not Know

Agatha Christie is probably one of the most famous and beloved crime novelists. Born in 1890, Agatha has sixty-six detective novels and fourteen short story collections to her name. Here are a few interesting facts about her life we bet you did not know.

  • Christie was in real danger of growing up an illiterate. Her mother was said to be against her daughter learning how to read until age eight, insisting on homeschooling her.

  • Christie’s first novel, The Mysterious Affair at Styles, was written on a dare given by her sister Madge. The novel, which featured Hercule Poirot, was rejected by six publishers before being printed in 1920.

  • After working as a nurse during World War I, Christie had an intimate knowledge of pharmaceuticals.

  • Beginning in 1930 and continuing through 1956, she wrote six romance novels under the pen name Mary Westmacott.

  • Along with her husband, Archie, Christie went on a traveling spree in 1922, starting in South Africa and winding up in Honolulu. Some historians believe they may have even been the first British surfers to learn how to ride standing up.

  • She wrote a play that is still being performed. The curtain was first raised on Mousetrap in London’s West End in 1952. More than 60 years later, it’s still being performed regularly and passed the 25,000 show mark in 2012.

  • Christie once disappeared for 10 days. In 1926, Christie left her home in London without a trace. A police manhunt ensued, although it was unnecessary: Christie had simply driven out of town to a spa.

  • Agatha loved Archeology. She would often accompany her second husband, Max Mallowan, to expeditions in Syria and Iraq.

Agatha Christie with Max Mallowan

  •  Christie eventually grew tired of her trademark character and set about having Hercule Poirot perish in the 1975 novel Curtain. The reaction to his demise was so fierce that The New York Times published a front-page “obituary” for the character on August 6.

  • Christie has sold more books than there are people in China and America. With 2 billion copies sold in 103 languages, she remains the best-selling novelist of all time.

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