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  • Paperback: 560 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; New Ed edition (2 Jan 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0006353282
  • ISBN-13: 978-0006353287
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 3.6 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (68 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 51,636 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Born in Torquay in 1890, Agatha Christie began writing during the First World War and wrote over 100 novels, plays and short story collections. She was still writing to great acclaim until her death, and her books have now sold over a billion copies in English and another billion in over 100 foreign languages. Yet Agatha Christie was always a very private person, and though Hercule Poirot and Miss Marple became household names, the Queen of Crime was a complete enigma to all but her closest friends.

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‘Wonderfully easy to read and engrossing.’
The Times

‘The best thing she has ever written.’
Woman’s Own

‘Agatha Christie’s most absorbing mystery – the story of her own unusual life. She has put it all on record: her early romances; a broken (and a happy) marriage; strange events on the path to roaring success.’
Daily Mail

‘A wonderful book – written with a delight in the gradual unfolding of 75 years through the eyes of an exceptional old lady and writer.’
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"The best thing she has ever written."
WOMAN'S OWNAgatha Christie (1890-1976) is known throughout the world as the Queen of Crime. She wrote over 100 novels, short story collections and plays and her books have sold over a billion copies in English and another billion in over 100 foreign languages. She has become quite simply, the best-selling novelist in history.

'An Autobiography' published in 1977 a year after her death, tells of her fascinating private life, from early childhood through two marriages and two World Wars, and her experiences both as a writer and on archaeological expeditions with her second husband, Max Mallowan. Not only does the book reveal the true genius of her legendary success, but the true story is vividly told and as captivating as one of her novels.

"Agatha Christie's most absorbing mystery – the story of her own unusual life. She has put it all on record: her early romances; a broken (and happy) marriage; strange events on the path to roaring success."
DAILY MAIL

"A wonderful book – written with a delight in the gradual unfolding of 75 years through the eyes of an exceptional old lady and writer."
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64 of 64 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 31 May 2000
Format: Paperback
You do not have to be a fan of Agatha Christie's books to enjoy this book.Despite being called "An Autobiography" it is really more a book of the parts of her life which she wanted to remember. She tells in great detail about her childhood and early life, and remembers many humerous and inconsequential events. This is what makes the book such a joy to read. You do not get blow by blow narrative of events but muses on servants,food and interesting people.The book tells of a world that has dissapeared.the book is incredibly easy to read as it flows well and the events in it are most interesting, like a trip around the world and tales of archelogical digs in the desert. All in all a great read.
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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful By R. Walker on 15 Feb 2006
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I've always been a huge Agatha Christie fan and so was delighted to finally get a copy of her autobiography to read. It doesn't disappointment. Her natural talent for writing makes it a lovely, relaxing read. She led, by comparison to some, a fairly uneventful life but the joy that she takes in recalling anecdotes and her attention to detail make it fascinating anyway. It's also interesting to read some of the background to some of her books, and to occasionally pick up on her inspirations for particular characters and plotlines. Highly recommended for any fan.
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44 of 45 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 21 Mar 2002
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There are literaly thousands of autobiographical books on the market - so why should this one stand out? I found the beauty of this book to be the fact that it was actually written by the author - rather than ghostwritten as so many autobiographies are. As well as giving a fascinating insight into Victorian England, Agatha Christie explains how she formulated the plots to many of her most sucessful works - including The Mousetrap. In addition, as a very well travelled lady, the book gives detailed accounts of travel throughout the middle east and archealogical expeditions with her second husband Max in the years around the second world war.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By BC Mondahl on 17 Jan 2010
Format: Paperback
If you are an Agatha Christie fan or even if you aren't you should read this book. In this day and age when everyone is trying to BE something or someone with very little self awareness it is lovely to read this autobiography that details a life lived and a profound self awareness brought on through reflecting on the events that shaped her life.

The beautiful sense that I took away from this autobiography was of a woman deeply touched by life and her part in it. She has such a refreshing attitude of knowing that she was not the best writer in the world but what she could do she did VERY well and enjoyed doing it. The hours and hours of reading pleasure she has given me are explained in a book that takes its time, details minutely certain events and sensations while leaving out what was sensationalist (her disappearance) or unimportant to her.

It is a fascinating read that opens a door on another world and life while celebrating the small events that shaped that life and the large ones that made life worth living so well for Agatha Christie. Cannot recommend this book enough!
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful By claudia on 12 Aug 2003
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An interesting and authentic insight in the life of the famous author Agatha Christie, including the story how she became an author. Born at end of the 19th century the changings in habits of life she shows us were amazing! She let us uderstand the life of the late Victorian age (represented by her grandmothers), give us a look how servents where treated and respected, let us understand a time which is so far away from our actual life that it's hardly to believe it was only yesterday. Have a look at bathing and swimming habits and the great transformations they've been to.
Easy to read, a book you'll love to put on your bedside table!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Norma Palma Benavides on 8 May 2010
Format: Hardcover
For those who are Christie's fans and have read all or most of her books this is the best way to understand why she wrotte this or that in some of them. And for those who are just getting to know her, this could be a good way to learn more about one of the most important writters that has ever been in the world and maybe they will get corius about her book's stories.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Northern Techie on 23 Jan 2011
Format: Hardcover
This book was bought for my girlfriend as a Xmas present. She is an avid Agatha Christie fan, having read all the Poirot and Miss Marple books, as well as watching most of the various TV dramatisations. She has thoroughly enjoyed reading this book and hasn't been able to put it down. She's commented on the quality of the writing and the thrill of hearing about Christie's early life in her own words. The only downside is that it doesn't touch on the more controversial episodes in her life, such as when she went missing for several weeks.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By JOSEPH OLIVER on 8 April 2011
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Words fail me for this book. It is an absolutely fantastic read - and I am not one for superlatives. You do not need to be an avid fan of Agatha Christie novels. In fact reading this autobiography you get to understand why some of her novels are more engaging than others. Her background is thoroughly explored and the Victorian attitudes and day-to-day way of living are very revealing. I have read and re-read the book over the years giving copies of the book as presents to anyone I felt could benefit from it. If you never read any of her detective books at all you could benefit from reading this book. She carried her early home life with her all through her life - the good and the bad. The last few pages are very sad - but I won't reveal the ending of course. You will not be disappointed.
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