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  • Paperback: 496 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (30 Aug. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007396783
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007396788
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 3.3 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 135,530 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Many of Curran's discoveries will shape how Christie is read in future… This book is fascinating.' INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY

‘Agatha Christie’s notebooks have had to wait for the meticulous attention, dedication and prodigious knowledge of John Curran to achieve publication.’ THE TIMES

‘This book is the story of a love affair between Curran and the notebooks, revealing above all how hard Christie worked.’ INDEPENDENT

About the Author

John Curran, a lifelong Christie fan, lives in Dublin. For many years he edited the official Agatha Christie Newsletter and acted as consultant to the National Trust during the restoration of Greenway House, Dame Agatha’s Devon home. John has been working with her grandson, Mathew Prichard, to establish the Agatha Christie Archive, and is currently writing a doctoral thesis on Agatha Christie at Trinity College, Dublin.


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By Seaburgh TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 9 Sept. 2011
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This book covers similar ground to John Curran's earlier Agatha Christie's Secret Notebooks: Fifty Years of Mysteries in the Making, including fascinating extracts from Agatha Christie's notebooks and other sources, biographical information and two previously unpublished stories.

Like the stories in the earlier book, both of the "new" stories in this book were rewritten by Christie and subsequently published. In this book, "The Man Who Knew" is an earlier version of "The Red Signal", dating from very early in Christie's career. "The Case of the Caretaker's Wife" became "The Case of the Caretaker". The version in this book is superior to the rewritten story, having Miss Marple out and about and solving the mystery rather than recovering from flu as in the rewrite.

This is a book for Agatha Christie fans. The unpublished stories are close to previously published ones. The chapters on her notes and life are fascinating, but a casual reader might not find them so. To get the best from this book you need to be familiar with her work, and have read a lot of it, as solutions are revealed to many of her novels - these are clearly stated however so these bits can be skipped. The book is arranged by decade, with interesting sections on unused ideas. These are jottings for books that were never written. The most interesting is the last one, which would have been a new direction for Christie.

Although not an essential book, fans of Agatha Christie and her work will find much to enjoy.
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This is a follow-up to the first book detailing Agatha Christie's secret notebooks. The author, Jon Curran, has obviously spent a great deal of time analysing the notebooks. It's an absolute must for Christie fans and gives an intriguing look into the plotting process of Agatha Christie.

If you haven't read all of Agatha Christie's books, I wouldn't recommend reading this as it is absolutely full of spoilers. Having said that, it's a fascinating read for those of us who have read most of Agatha Christie's work and want to know more about how she plotted so many entertaining mysteries.
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I bought this book to read alongside the Agatha Christie books, which I am reading from the beginning, however this book contains ' spoilers ' and I have decided to read this book after I have finished all of AC's books. The parts of the book I have read were informative and interesting.
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As a writer and a reader, I find both Curran's books fascinating. The peek into Christie's notebooks is intriguing as is the realisation that she probably did most of the plotting in her head, just writing stuff down when she needed to "see" it. The notebooks are in no particular order, she rarely dated anything. That makes it difficult for Curran to put together a flowing, cohesive piece of work, but hat's off to him he does a good job. Great for aspiring writers and for those who love Christie's work.
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Agatha Christie's remaining plotting notebooks have been meticulously deciphered and presented for our delectation accompanied by interesting and stimulating commentary. In addition, John Curran has unearthed some fascinating new material: an extended and superior version of a published Miss Marple short story, more intriguing 'Unused Ideas, etc. The book will afford particular pleasure to readers well-acquainted with Agatha Christie's oeuvre.
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As an avid Agatha Christie fan,most of my life, I was excited about this book, and bought the two, including Agatha Christie's Notebooks. I was very disappointed, as it is just the same things and not worth buying them both. Very disappointed indeed.
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A good read if you are interested in how Agatha Christie compiled the plots to her books. I found it a little wordy but it is well researched and presented. Dare I say only for her fans and admirers.
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