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100 Years of Agatha Christie: Celebrating the Queen of Crime


Dame Agatha Christie, holder of the title of the best-selling novelist of all time, was born in Torquay, Devon, on 15th September 1890. Known as ‘The Queen of Crime’, she wrote memorable masterpieces such as And Then There Were None and Murder on the Orient Express.


This year, on 15th September 2016, along the beautiful English Riviera, her hometown is hosting an extraordinary event to commemorate its famous citizen. The International Agatha Christie Festival, created in Torquay in 2004, will be the occasion to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Christie’s iconic book. The Mysterious Affair at Styles, written in 1916 but published in 1920, was the first novel that introduced one of the writer’s most famous characters: The Belgian detective, Hercule Poirot.


Sophie Hannah will be one of the guests at the festival. Hannah is the author of a new and exclusive adventure of Poirot called Closed Casket, which will be published specifically on 6th September. Hannah is a big fan of Agatha Christie, and during the festival will be answering questions concerning the book and discussing about Christie. If you wish, Hannah will sign you a copy of the book.


Other noteworthy guests will attend the International Agatha Christie Festival, including: Tom Adams, famous illustrator, well-known for his book cover art for the Agatha Christie’s paperback editions, and Dr John Curran, author of Agatha Christie’s Secret Notebooks, a collection of Christie’s pencilled notes, drafts, alternative plots, deleted scenes, and even her thoughts for the books never written.


There are many other special activities; Royal Mail is launching nationally an exceptional anniversary set of stamps with Agatha Christie, inspired by her incredible imagination. Mathew Prichard, Agatha Christie’s grandson, will open the festival reading the notorious short story The Witness for the Prosecution.


If you are a fan of The Queen of Crime or just a crime fiction lover, the International Agatha Christie Festival is the perfect place to meet other enthusiasts like you.

With tickets at just £15, this is an event not to be missed. For more information, visit the website here.

Written by Alessandro Volpino

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