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English mystery and detective writer

Agatha Christie is ...

Dead
Born 15 Sep 1890 in Torquay
Died 12 Jan 1976 in Wallingford
Age85 years, 3 months
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Agatha Christie
Agatha Christie
A memorial to w:Agatha Christie erected near to w:Leicester Square in central London.

About Agatha Christie

Dame Agatha Mary Clarissa Christie, Lady Mallowan, DBE (née Miller; 15 September 1890 – 12 January 1976) was an English crime novelist, short story writer and playwright. She is best known for her 66 detective novels and 14 short story collections, particularly those revolving around her fictional detectives Hercule Poirot and Miss Marple. She also wrote the world's longest-running play, a murder mystery, The Mousetrap, and six romances under the name Mary Westmacott. In 1971 she was elevated to Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire (DBE) for her contribution to literature. Christie was born into a wealthy upper-middle-class family in Torquay, Devon. She served in a Devon hospital during the First World War, tending to troops coming back from the trenches, before marrying and starting a family in London. She was initially an unsuccessful writer with six rejections, but this changed when The Mysterious Affair at Styles, featuring Hercule Poirot, was published in 1920. During the Second World War she worked as a pharmacy assistant at University College Hospital, London, during the Blitz and acquired a good knowledge of poisons which featured in many of her novels. Guinness World Records lists Christie as the best-selling novelist of all time. Her novels have sold roughly 2 billion copies, and her estate claims that her works come third in the rankings of the world's most-widely published books, behind only Shakespeare's works and the Bible. According to Index Translationum, she remains the most-translated individual author – having been translated into at least 103 languages. And Then There Were None is Christie's best-selling novel, with 100 million sales to date, making it the world's best-selling mystery ever, and one of the best-selling books of all time. Christie's stage play The Mousetrap holds the world record for longest initial run. It opened at the Ambassadors Theatre in the West End on 25 November 1952 and as of 2017 is still running after more than 25,000 performances. In 1955, Christie was the first recipient of the Mystery Writers of America's highest honour, the Grand Master Award. Later the same year, Witness for the Prosecution received an Edgar Award by the MWA for Best Play. In 2013, The Murder of Roger Ackroyd was voted the best crime novel ever by 600 fellow writers of the Crime Writers' Association. On 15 September 2015, coinciding with her 125th birthday, And Then There Were None was named the "World's Favourite Christie" in a vote sponsored by the author's estate. Most of her books and short stories have been adapted for television, radio, video games and comics, and more than thirty feature films have been based on her work.

She is also known as Agatha Mary Clarissa Christie, Agatha Mary Clarissa Miller and Mary Westmacott.

Death

Dame Agatha Christie died on 12 January 1976 at age 85 from natural causes at her home in Winterbrook, Cholsey. She is buried in the nearby churchyard of St Mary's, Cholsey, having chosen the plot for their final resting place with her husband Sir Max some ten years before she died. The simple funeral service was attended by about 20 newspaper and TV reporters, some having travelled from as far away as South America. Thirty wreaths adorned Dame Agatha's grave, including one from the cast of her long-running play The Mousetrap and one sent 'on behalf of the multitude of grateful readers' by the Ulverscroft Large Print Book Publishers.

She was survived by her only child, Rosalind Hicks, and only grandson, Mathew Prichard. Her husband, Max, died in 1978, aged 74.

Books

Agatha Christie has written:

Murder on the Orient Express
novel by Agatha Christie
1934
The Mysterious Mr Quin
book
1930
The Thirteen Problems
short story collection by Agatha Christie
1932
The Labours of Hercules
short story collection
1947
Parker Pyne Investigates
book
1934
The Listerdale Mystery
a short story collection by Agatha Christie
1934
The Hound of Death
book
1933
Poirot Investigates
book
1924
The Murder of Roger Ackroyd
book
1926
The Golden Ball and Other Stories
1971
The Adventure of the Christmas Pudding
book
1960
Murder in the Mews
short story collection
1937
Why Didn't They Ask Evans?
book
1934
The Mysterious Affair at Styles
book
1920
Death on the Nile
book
1936
The A.B.C. Murders
book
1936
The Secret Adversary
novel by Agatha Christie
1922
The Secret of Chimneys
novel by Agatha Christie
1925
Sleeping Murder
book
1976
Murder on the links
book
1923
Dumb Witness
book
1937
Curtain
detective fiction novel by Agatha Christie
1975
4.50 from Paddington
novel by Agatha Christie
1957
The Seven Dials Mystery
novel by Agatha Christie
1929
Lord Edgware Dies
book
1933
Cards on the Table
book
2005
The Clocks
detective story by Agatha Christie
1964
The Sittaford Mystery
novel by Agatha Christie
1931
A Murder Is Announced
book
2005
Appointment with Death
1938 Poirot novel by Agatha Christie
1938
Five Little Pigs
book
1942
The Moving Finger
novel by Agatha Christie
1942
The Man in the Brown Suit
novel by Agatha Christie
1924
Peril at End House
book
1932
Sad Cypress
book
1940
The Pale Horse
novel by Agatha Christie
1961
Murder Is Easy
novel by Agatha Christie
1939
The Mystery of the Blue Train
novel by Agatha Christie
1928
Murder in Mesopotamia
book
1936
After the Funeral
book
1953
Hallowe'en Party
book
1969
At Bertram's Hotel
book
1965
Death in the Clouds
book
1935
Nemesis
detective fiction by Agatha Christie
1972
Evil Under the Sun
book
1941
One, Two, Buckle My Shoe
book
1940
A Pocket Full of Rye
novel by Agatha Christie
1953
Cat Among the Pigeons
book
1959
Mrs McGinty's Dead
book
1952
Three Act Tragedy
book
1934
The Body in the Library
book by Agatha Christie
1942
Hickory Dickory Dock
1955 novel
1955
A Caribbean Mystery
book
1964
Elephants Can Remember
book
1972
The Hollow
book
1946
They Do It with Mirrors
book
1952
Taken at the Flood
book
1943
Dead Man's Folly
book
1956
Hercule Poirot's Christmas
book
1939
Towards Zero
novel by Agatha Christie
1944
The Mirror Crack'd from Side to Side
book
1962
Crooked House
novel by Agatha Christie
1949
Endless Night
novel by Agatha Christie
1967
Third Girl
book
1945
Death Comes as the End
novel by Agatha Christie
1944
Giant's Bread
1930
Ordeal by Innocence
novel by Agatha Christie
1958
The Murder at the Vicarage
book
1930
Sparkling Cyanide
novel by Agatha Christie
1945
Come, Tell Me How You Live
1946
Star Over Bethlehem
1965
Black Coffee
novelisation by the Australian-born writer and opera expert Charles Osborne
By the Pricking of My Thumbs
novel by Agatha Christie
1968
Agatha Christie: An Autobiography
1977
Destination Unknown
novel by Agatha Christie
1954
N or M?
novel by Agatha Christie
1941
Passenger to Frankfurt
novel by Agatha Christie
1970
The Regatta Mystery
1939
They Came to Baghdad
novel by Agatha Christie
1951
The Scoop and Behind the Screen
Postern of Fate
novel by Agatha Christie
1973
Miss Marple's Final Cases and Two Other Stories
book
1979
Poems
book of poems by Agatha Christie
1973
The Floating Admiral
book
1931
Unfinished Portrait
novel by Agatha Christie
1934
The Under Dog and Other Stories
short story collection
1951
Spider's Web
novel by Charles Osborne
While the Light Lasts and Other Stories
book
1997
Three Blind Mice and Other Stories
1950
A Daughter's a Daughter
1952
Problem at Pollensa Bay and Other Stories
book
1991
The Witness for the Prosecution and Other Stories
1948 book by Agatha Christie
1948
The Road of Dreams
1925
Double Sin and Other Stories
1961
The Burden
novel by Agatha Christie
1956
The Rose and the Yew Tree
novel by Agatha Christie
1948
The Unexpected Guest
book by Agatha Christie
Absent in the Spring
novel by Agatha Christie
1944
The Harlequin Tea Set
1997
Surprise! Surprise!
1966
The Agatha Christie Hour
news short story series
1982

Notable work

Agatha Christie has been celebrated for these works:

Passenger to Frankfurt
novel by Agatha Christie
1970
Curtain
detective fiction novel by Agatha Christie
1975
Murder in Mesopotamia
book
1936
The Moving Finger
novel by Agatha Christie
1942
Murder Is Easy
novel by Agatha Christie
1939
Endless Night
novel by Agatha Christie
1967
One, Two, Buckle My Shoe
book
1940
A Daughter's a Daughter
1952
N or M?
novel by Agatha Christie
1941
The Big Four
book
1927
By the Pricking of My Thumbs
novel by Agatha Christie
1968
The Body in the Library
book by Agatha Christie
1942
Dumb Witness
book
1937
The Mystery of the Blue Train
novel by Agatha Christie
1928
Evil Under the Sun
book
1941
At Bertram's Hotel
book
1965
The Sittaford Mystery
novel by Agatha Christie
1931
The Hollow
book
1946
A Murder Is Announced
book
2005
Third Girl
book
1945
The Mirror Crack'd from Side to Side
book
1962
Sparkling Cyanide
novel by Agatha Christie
1945
The Murder at the Vicarage
book
1930
A Pocket Full of Rye
novel by Agatha Christie
1953
Giant's Bread
1930
Sleeping Murder
book
1976
Dead Man's Folly
book
1956
Mrs McGinty's Dead
book
1952
Taken at the Flood
book
1943
Lord Edgware Dies
book
1933
The Man in the Brown Suit
novel by Agatha Christie
1924
Murder on the Orient Express
novel by Agatha Christie
1934
Hickory Dickory Dock
1955 novel
1955
Murder in the Mews
short story collection
1937
4.50 from Paddington
novel by Agatha Christie
1957
Unfinished Portrait
novel by Agatha Christie
1934
Three Act Tragedy
book
1934
Death on the Nile
book
1936
Crooked House
novel by Agatha Christie
1949
Five Little Pigs
book
1942
After the Funeral
book
1953
Absent in the Spring
novel by Agatha Christie
1944
The Secret of Chimneys
novel by Agatha Christie
1925
The Mysterious Affair at Styles
book
1920
The Rose and the Yew Tree
novel by Agatha Christie
1948
Hallowe'en Party
book
1969
Murder on the links
book
1923
The Murder of Roger Ackroyd
book
1926
Cat Among the Pigeons
book
1959
Postern of Fate
novel by Agatha Christie
1973
The A.B.C. Murders
book
1936
Hercule Poirot's Christmas
book
1939
Peril at End House
book
1932
The Burden
novel by Agatha Christie
1956
Appointment with Death
1938 Poirot novel by Agatha Christie
1938
Sad Cypress
book
1940
The Pale Horse
novel by Agatha Christie
1961
Death in the Clouds
book
1935
Towards Zero
novel by Agatha Christie
1944
Why Didn't They Ask Evans?
book
1934
The Floating Admiral
book
1931
And Then There Were None
novel by Agatha Christie
1939
They Do It with Mirrors
book
1952
Elephants Can Remember
book
1972
The Clocks
detective story by Agatha Christie
1964
A Caribbean Mystery
book
1964
Destination Unknown
novel by Agatha Christie
1954
Nemesis
detective fiction by Agatha Christie
1972
They Came to Baghdad
novel by Agatha Christie
1951
The Secret Adversary
novel by Agatha Christie
1922