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Must read book for Agatha Christie fans
on 12 September 2013
he 32-year-old Agatha is confident, full of laughter, and sharply observant. She misses none of the local gossip... We can see an author gathering material for future use - the courting couples, elderly clergymen, spinsters, male secretaries, gouty ex-army officers, and vamps with kohl-ringed eyes, who form Agatha Christie's typical cast of characters. The long sea voyages, sleeping compartments and dining cars will become the train in Murder on the Orient Express or the paddle steamer in Death on the Nile.' Daily Mail
This book is a collection of letters, notes and photographs from 1922 when Agatha Christie and her husband, Archibald "Archie" joined a small group of others on a 10 month voyage around the world as part of a trade mission to promote the British Empire exhibition that was scheduled to be held in 1924. Agatha Christie travelled through South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, Hawaii and Canada.
During the journey, Agatha wrote detailed letters to her mother and many of which are published in the book. In addition, there are many photographs, post cards and news paper cuttings of the trip.
The book is introduced by Agatha Christie's grandson, Mathew Prichard. During the preface to the book, he notes that the Agatha Christie writing the letters on the Grand Tour was very different from the grandmother he knew. She became a much shier and more reserved person, after the stress suffered by her mother's death and her divorce from Archie in 1928 .
This is a must read book for Agatha Christie fans and for anybody who was interested in the 1920s, a time where foreign travel was rare and communication with family and friends took weeks rather than seconds
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