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Ten Little Niggers [Paperback]

Agatha Christie
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Dec 1963

A facsimile first edition hardback of the world’s best-selling crime novel, published to mark the 120th anniversary of Agatha’s birth.

Ten strangers, apparently with little in common, are lured to an island mansion off the coast of Devon by the mysterious U.N.Owen. Over dinner, a record begins to play, and the voice of an unseen host accuses each person of hiding a guilty secret. That evening, former reckless driver Tony Marston is found murdered by a deadly dose of cyanide.

The tension escalates as the survivors realise the killer is not only among them but is preparing to strike again… and again…

To mark the 80th anniversary of Hercule Poirot's first appearance, and to celebrate his renewed fortunes as a primetime television star, this collection of facsimile first editions will be the perfect way to enjoy these books in their original form – 15 novels and one short story collection. Reproducing the original typesetting and formats of the first editions from the Christie family's own archive copies, these books sport the original covers which have been painstakingly restored from the best available copies, reflecting five decades of iconic cover design.

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  • Paperback: 190 pages
  • Publisher: Fontana; New e. edition (Dec 1963)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0006117279
  • ISBN-13: 978-0006117278
  • Product Dimensions: 17.5 x 10.9 x 1.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (156 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 469,123 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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‘Agatha Christie’s masterpiece.’

‘One of the very best, most genuinely bewildering Christies.’

‘The most astonishingly impudent, ingenious and altogether successful mystery story since The Murder of Roger Ackroyd.’
Daily Herald

‘One of the most ingenious thrillers in many a day.’
Time Magazine

‘There is no doubt that this is a highly ingenious jigsaw by a master of puzzling.’

‘There is no cheating; the reader is just bamboozled in a straightforward way from first to last… The most colossal achievement of a colossal career. The book must rank with Mrs Christie’s previous best – on the top notch of detection.’
New Statesman

‘The whole thing is utterly impossible and utterly fascinating. It is the most baffling mystery Agatha Christie has ever written.’
New York Times

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After dinner, a record begins to play, and an unknown voice accuses each person of hiding a guilty secret. That evening, former reckless driver Tony Marston is murdered by a deadly dose of cyanide. The tension escalates as the survivors realise the killer is not only among them but is preparing to strike again … and again. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Some information 20 Oct 2011
I just received an e-mail from Harper Collins in which they announced that the publication of "and then there were none" in facsimile has been cancelled. So for all the Agatha Christie fans who were hoping to have the entire collection this is bad news:-(

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An All-Time Crime Classic 1 Mar 2003
This classic Christie whodunit has borne three different titles, which has been the source of some confusion. Originally published in England under the title "Ten Little Niggers" in 1939, it was retitled "And Then There Were None" for its 1940 American edition for obvious reasons. However, the English stage version of 1943 retained the "Niggers" title while the American stage version ran as "Ten Little Indians." Even more confusingly, the first film version, released in 1945, bore the American "And Then There Were None" title, while the three subsequent adaptations (1965, 1975, and 1989) took the "Ten Little Indians" title! The original offensive title comes from a Victorian-era music-hall song, which itself was a rip-off of an American song by Septimus Winner, circa 1868. All of which is neither here nor there, but only to help clear up any confusion. I would note that the most recent French edition bears the title "Dix petit negres", which somehow does not surprise me...
As for the actual novel, it's perhaps the ultimate whodunit of the "locked house" variety. Ten people are summoned to an island off the Devon coast, none of them know each other or their ostensible host. The story starts by showing the ten en route to the island and provides a brief character sketch of each as background. I have to confess that at first, some of the men kind of blend together, and it takes little time to keep straight who is who. Once on the island, the eight guests and two servants wait for their host, who never shows up. Completely cut off from the mainland, they grow restless until one of them dies. When another dies, it can be no mere coincidence, and they realize that one amongst them must be a killer.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars WOW 14 April 2010
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Ok, first things first, I love Agatha Christie.
I literally can't get enough of her novels (specifically that wonderful little Belgian)
So when I say this quite simply trumps them all (yes, even Poirot's finest) you get an idea of just how incredible this book is.
It is, in my mind, the perfect set up for a murder mystery: ten people trapped on an island being killed off one by one! Let the games begin!
The solution is beyond belief, but whats more, the journey itself is full of shock and awe and will keep you reading long after you intended to put it down to do other things.

My only grievance with this is that having read it already, I can never again experience its sense of overwhelming mystery and suspense with fresh, unknowing, eyes.
I will never again read a mystery novel that can surpass its sheer perfection, and that is the great sadness that comes hand in hand with the joy of this book.
Prepare yourself before reading, you are in for a treat.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
As M. Dalton wrote in his review, And Then There Were None is an essential Agatha Christie. Excluding it from the facsimile edition re-prints would leave a terrible gap in her fans' collections. It would be better to use the original American version for the facsimile edition than to leave it out of the collection altogether. After all, the dust jacket on the original American version is very well done.
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28 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars And then there were few better than this. 24 Dec 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Surely everyone in the world has read this book by now! Surely it tops the best-selling list of a best-selling author! Older readers may not recognize it by its current title, its original and a later replacement having been deemed too racist. Nothing racist, I hope, was picked in my school English classes, where I used it to help develop pupils' appetite for reading.
Agatha Christie's achievement is remarkable. She creates ten characters, all suspected of murder, who are lured to an island. She has them meet their deaths one by one as nominated in the nursery rhyme "Ten Little Indians" which is displayed in their rooms. She has each murder occur in a situation where almost all the other island guests might have had opportunity to commit it. As if devising all this were not enough, she also frequently takes us into the minds of the various characters - something that the whole nature of detective fiction usually prohibits. This construction is not only intricate but also compact; it is one of her shorter novels. Built on this scheme, the book must exclude Mrs Christie's regular sleuths, Poirot and Miss Marple. Instead, the dwindling number of island guests generate their own investigation.
So here is a book that offers double the pleasure that murder mysteries provide. As well as challenging you to solve the mystery, it also amazes you that so ingenious a mystery could be contrived.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely un-put-downable! 20 Aug 2002
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A group of people find themselves invited to an island off the English coast. Their host is not present and a storm is fast approaching. After two people die, the guests quickly realise that what seemed like two accidents in succession is in fact the work of a killer on the island. I found this to be one of the most enjoyable and genuinely chilling mysteries I have ever read. Christie's handling of the narrative and the suspense scenes is nothing short of masterly, and she manages to conjure up an amazingly tense atmosphere. Thoroughly engrossing and beautifully written, this classic novel will leave you guessing literally until the end.
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4.0 out of 5 stars And then there were none
A good whodunit by the queen of the thriller writers. A well thought out little yarn with some interesting characters.
Published 5 days ago by Roy Shone
4.0 out of 5 stars Good fast read
An interesting story with a surprise ending. This was m y first Christie book and I will t th the others. It was fast paced and enjoyable.
Published 21 days ago by Mich
2.0 out of 5 stars Sadly disappointing.
This months Book Club theme was Thriller/Mystery so our 'host' for the month chose 'And Then There Were None' by Agatha Christie. Read more
Published 1 month ago by fennerstuk
5.0 out of 5 stars Agatha Christie's best story (?)
I put a question mark after the title of the review, largely because such a statement is a matter of opinion, but for me this is her finest novel (at least of those I've read). Read more
Published 1 month ago by John M
5.0 out of 5 stars On my own again!!
Much loved and well read book. Even knowing the outcome does not deter you from reading. A classic book from a classic author.
Published 1 month ago by Margaret Wilson
4.0 out of 5 stars Scary!!
I highly recommend you do not give this book to anyone under 13/14 depending on how scared they can get. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Emily Patterson
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent!
A very good book with a great story and characters and compelling throughout! An excellent read and highly recommended to lovers of a good mystery novel!
Published 2 months ago by Rhys Campbell
5.0 out of 5 stars Genius, fantastic
This book is in my view one of the greatest who dunnit's ever written. While reading it I could not work out who the killer was and I am thankful for the epilogue which ties it up... Read more
Published 2 months ago by SarenR
5.0 out of 5 stars Without a doubt my NO.1 Christie novel
So far I have managed to get my dad, sister, friend, and sister's friends to read this novel and they all absolutely loved it! Read more
Published 2 months ago by Ladan
4.0 out of 5 stars Quite a good read,
Most of Agatha Christie books are worth reading,
Still an excellent story line, but, It did seem quite dated in the vocabulary, but of course it was written many years ago. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Shelagh
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