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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Peter Owen; 2nd Revised edition edition (1 Sept. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0720612802
  • ISBN-13: 978-0720612806
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 1.5 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 693,019 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is the only biography that tells Agatha s life story as it really was. Jared Cade s insight into her personality is unsurpassed. --Judith and Graham Gardner, relatives of Agatha Christie

Affectionate and objective --Alan Travis, Guardian

A fascinating account --Wall Street Journal

A real page-turner Daily Telegraph "A brilliant job of research... Jared Cade has succeeded where all we other writers failed to trace what really happened to Agatha on the night of the disappearance." Gwen Robyns, author of The Mystery of Agatha Christie Jared Cade paints a brilliant picture of the tabloid press turning a disappearance and a possible murder hunt into a national jamboree, complete with day outings, picnics and all the pleasures of the chase. His book is a must. Robert Barnard, author of A Talent to Deceive: An Appreciation of Agatha Christie A wonderfully sympathetic and detailed biography requiring extensive research, which was made possible by a part of Agatha s family, who were prepared to open up their archives and memories. Certainly a book that any real fan of Agatha should have; it still keeps her image as glowing as ever, but with the benefit of a deep human story. Vanessa Wagstaff, author of Agatha Christie: A Reader s Companion "Jared Cade's new biography is valuable for the detail in which he examines her 11-day disappearance... His meticulously researched and interestingly illustrated volume is fascinating to read." Charles Osborne, author of The Life and Crimes of Agatha Christie "Jared Cade has unearthed the Queen of Crime s long lost account of her disappearance from seven decades ago. He has proved himself to be a detective so meticulous and thorough that Agatha herself would have been proud." Sarah French, Northern Echo "Agatha Christie's greatest mystery was her strange disappearance in December 1926. The already well-known writer's car was found abandoned in Surrey. After vast publicity she was found, claiming to be suffering from amnesia, in a Harrogate hotel. Jared Cade, in a well researched and attractively written book, unravels the mystery and explains how and why she fled from her husband. Although the book concentrates on this dramatic event, the author shows how echoes of the disappearance turned up in her later writings. The book is especially good in describing her second marriage and provides depth and texture to the life of one of the most popular writers of all time." Contemporary Review "Jared Cade not only traces the disturbing events of the lost eleven days and their far-reaching repercussions; he also throws considerable light on the personality of a complex character, her sufferings (her second husband also deceived her), her frustrations, her achievements." Keswick Reminder Cade s riveting, stylish procedural Publishers Weekly "A gripping detective story" Harpers and Queen This thoughtful and absorbing inquiry lends credible dimension to the complex life story of mystery s most celebrated practitioner. Well done! Sue Grafton Jared Cade is an acknowledged expert on Christiana and Agatha Christie and the Eleven Missing Days has received much acclaim for its impressively detailed examination of the Queen of Crime s disappearance. Crime Time --Crime Time

Affectionate and objective --Alan Travis, Guardian

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The definitive, ground-breaking biography.
Agatha Christie and the Eleven Missing Days is the definitive, ground-breaking biography by Jared Cade that reveals the solution once and for all to the most baffling incident in the renowned detective novelist's life. On 3 December 1926 Agatha Christie disapeared from her home Styles, in Sunningdale, Berkshire, England, leaving her car abandoned off the road down a Surrey hill, to the anxiety of her family and friends and the intense speculation of the rest of the world. After a massive nation-wide search she was found 11 days later at the Harrogate Hydro, now the Old Swan Hotel, in Harrogate, Yorkshire. Until now no previous biographer has been able to state how she got to Harrogate or whether her memory lose was genuine. When she died fifty years later, on 12 January 1976, it seemed as if she had taken her secret with her to the grave. Many of her fans from around the world who eagerly awaited a publication the publication of her posthumous memoirs in 1977 were disapointed to find that there was no reference whatsoever to the disappearance. Jared Cade, a life-long fan, was so highly intrigued by the incident that he embarked on a pilgrimage six years ago to find out the truth. In a feat worthy of Hercule Poirot and Miss Marple, he traced witnesses from the disappearance who were still alive, he examined the evidence and discovered a cover-up had been instigated at the time by the novelist's first husband and certain adults close to her in her private life. Agatha Christie and the Eleven Missing Days is the first biography to explain what really happened: intimate relatives of Agatha Christie have broken a life-long silence to reveal for the first time how she staged the disappearance with the help of a co-conspirator, what she did in the days that followed and how it all went terribly wrong. This definitive biography has been read and endorsed by relatives of Agatha Christie prior to publication and contains a fascinating wealth of new facts about the most popular novelist in history, whose books have sold a staggering one billion copies in the English language and a further billion in 44 foreign languages. It is the heart-warming story of Agatha's life-long friendship with her ally from the disappearance; the cryptic inscriptions she penned in the fly-leaves of her friend's copies of her detective novels and how their loyalty and affection for one another sustained them through many periods of adversity before and after the disappearance. Author Jared Cade also reveals the many parallels between the detective novelist's life and her art. The book is illustrated with many never before seen photographs from family albums. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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By S. Hapgood VINE VOICE on 10 Mar. 2004
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At last! Someone has got to the bottom of one of the most intriguing British mysteries of the 20th century. Just what did happen to the first lady of crime fiction in December 1926? I'm certainly not going to spoil things for you by letting the cat out of the bag, suffice it to say that the truth (as is often the way) is quite startlingly simple. The author finally tracks down Dame Agatha during her 11 days of oblivion, and also reveals why she was haunted by the disappearance for the rest of her life, and which made her so publicity shy when she became the most famous author in the world.
He also reveals that her second marriage, to Max Mallowan, was far from being the contented haven after a stormy sea that we had previously been led to suppose, and that she never stopped carrying a torch for Archie. This isn't muck-raking, or digging up old ghosts, as the author clearly has a lot of respect for Dame Agatha. It is just a shame that, yet again, someone who brought so much pleasure to people over many years, knew little peace herself. A must-read for all Christie-ites.
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Revealing the mystery writer’s mystery. Fame and wide acclaim came to Agatha Christie in 1926 when “The Murder of Roger Ackroyd” was published. In the same year, however, her disappearance and the eleven-day search for her attracted even more attention. Subsequently in interviews and in her own autobiography, Agatha Christie refused to explain or refer to the incident. It was inferred that the breakdown of her first marriage had been one aspect of the mystery, and her reluctance to refer to anything so painful was respected.
Since her death, she has been the subject of several biographies. None that I have read, even that of her second husband, Sir Max Mellowan, provides a satisfactory motivation or time table for the eleven missing days in 1926.
It seems remarkable that a young writer from the smallest state in Australia should be the one to adequately research the subject and to have access to the best informants. Jared Cade knows Agatha Christie’s novels, plays, poetry and short sories well, and demonstrates how insights into this major crisis in Agatha Christie’s life reside in them. His theories are sound, his rebuttal of false and misleading explanations is strong, and his judgments - even of Dame Agatha herself – are balanced.
Interest in what happened to the world’ best-selling author back in 1926 may no longer be strong, but it is good to read something that at last sets the record straight. It is, moreover, a fascinating and focussed biography of someone who tried to keep herself away from public scrutiny. I like the compliment paid to the author by his principal informants, descendants of Agatha Christie’s best friend: "This is the only biography that tells Agatha's life as it really was. Your insight into her life and personality is unsurpassed."
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This wonderful biography, which is now the subject of a fantastic BBC Television documentary, is officially endorsed by relatives from the Watts side of Christie's family, who have broken decades of silence to reveal the astonishing truth of what really happened when she disappeared in 1926 with the help of an accomplice. These relatives refused to co-operate with authorised biographer Janet Morgan and instead gave Jared Cade sole access to their own valuable family documents, revealing the secret truth about the subsequent family cover-up of the disappearance, her brother Monty's personal life and her second marriage.Other Christie biographers such as Charles Osborne, Gwen Robyns and Robert Barnard have given it the thumbs up. Jared Cade has filled in the missing blanks from Christie's life that Janet Morgan and other biographers either over-looked or ignored. A terrific book that all Christie devotees will want to buy. This is a MUST for any university curriculum. It is impossible to praise this book highly enough. Scholars of Christie finally have reason to rejoice !
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I am a huge fan of Agatha Christie. This biography was so gripping I read it in a day and a half. Afterwards I simply could not get it out of my head. The facts of her life are extraordinary and at times quite sinister when it comes to her disappearance. But that didn't put me off and the book gave me a lot of insight into her as a person. A week later I did something I've never done before and picked it up again and read it from cover to cover. It's obviously been very well researched. There is a lot of information not found in Christie's autobiography, and lots of anecdotal material directly from her family. The photographs of Agatha and her family are quite delightful, and I enjoyed seeing some of the inscriptions she wrote in her books. If you're as big an Agatha Christie fan as I am you owe it to yourself to read this book. Five stars does not do it enough justice. I'd like to have given it more. The recommended retail price is a bit pricey for a paperback so I was glad to buy it through Amazon.
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This book is an amazing book. When I first went to read the book I thought that it would just flatly state what Agatha Christie had done during her dissapearance. But when I started reading the book I found out that there was a lot more to it. The book is fascinating. It is the only book I've read that even attempts to use evidence, such as one of Agatha Christie's detective's might have done, to solve where Agatha went. The book is not a theory but is supported by actual facts! Plus the book reveals more into Agatha's REAL personality than any other book I've read on her. If you like Agatha Christie, then this book is a MUST!
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