Agatha Christie: A Mysterious life
The author of the New York Times bestselling The Six now turns her formidable biographical skills to the greatest crime writer in the world, Agatha Christie.
It has been one hundred years since Agatha Christie wrote her first novel and created the formidable Hercule Poirot. A brilliant and award winning biographer, Laura Thompson now turns her sharp eye to Agatha Christie. Arguably the grea/>It ...more
Thompson does tell Christie's life story from beginning (birth) to end (death). However, there seems to be a wall between Thompson and the reader. I wanted to know more about Christie, not ...more
And with 'unique access to her diaries, letters and family', I expected to see more of Christie's own opinions. Instead, the quotes from primary sources were bland while the author supported her opinions wit ...more
We are told that the author had unique access to A.C.'s correspondence & other personal family papers. All the worse for her, because clearly she couldn't rise to the occasion and wasted her chances.
The book is jerky, rambles all over the place without agenda & structu ...more
If I have a particular favorite of her characters I'd have to say Miss Marple (though I think her less developed than she might have been), preferring those stories and even some of the films (despite Christie's dissatisfaction with most and the fact they seldom portray her as well as do the books).
Still, no one who writes can fail to be intrigued by Aga ...more
The book covers Agatha’s life from childhood to death. Her contribution to plays, poems and other literature was prolific and Thompson m ...more
This book goes into a lot of detail about her early life, her first marriage but it is the Chapter on her disappearance is the highlight of the book.
Thompson is cold and not afraid to criticize at times.
An interesting biography for fans of Christie.
A very interesting biogrsphy
That being said, i have my serious doubts that Laura Thompson actually likes Dame Agatha at all after having read this one, because this is the most boring book on such a fascinating woman as Agath ...more
I particularly liked the way Thompson dealt with the 1 ...more
However many liberties were taken about Christie as a person, with her husband and child and her personality. I did not find that part of the book interesting or accurate. it seemed to build up C ...more
Laura Thompson writes about life - and is unapologetic in what she captures. She is a sexual assault survivor, has navigated near death traumas with her daughters' medical issues, and possesses the ability to capture what is true, honest, a ...more