FREE UK Delivery on book orders dispatched by Amazon over £10.
Only 2 left in stock (more on the way).
Dispatched from and sold by Amazon. Gift-wrap available.
Mallowan’s Memoirs: Agath... has been added to your Basket

Dispatch to:
To see addresses, please
Or
Please enter a valid UK postcode.
Or
+ £2.80 UK delivery
Used: Like New | Details
Sold by Wordery
Condition: Used: Like New
Comment: Receive this fine as new book in 9-12 working days. Shipped from our UK supplier, via Royal Mail. We do not ship to Denmark.
Have one to sell?
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See all 2 images

Mallowan’s Memoirs: Agatha and the Archaeologist Paperback – 4 Mar 2010

4.3 out of 5 stars 11 customer reviews

See all 9 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Amazon Price
New from Used from
Paperback
"Please retry"
£7.99
£2.17 £3.96
Note: This item is eligible for click and collect. Details
Pick up your parcel at a time and place that suits you.
  • Choose from over 13,000 locations across the UK
  • Prime members get unlimited deliveries at no additional cost
How to order to an Amazon Pickup Location?
  1. Find your preferred location and add it to your address book
  2. Dispatch to this address when you check out
Learn more

Man Booker International Prize 2017
A Horse Walks Into a Bar has won the Man Booker International Prize 2017. Learn more
£7.99 FREE UK Delivery on book orders dispatched by Amazon over £10. Only 2 left in stock (more on the way). Dispatched from and sold by Amazon. Gift-wrap available.
click to open popover

Frequently bought together

  • Mallowan’s Memoirs: Agatha and the Archaeologist
  • +
  • Come, Tell Me How You Live: Memories from archaeological expeditions in the mysterious Middle East
  • +
  • The Grand Tour
Total price: £30.96
Buy the selected items together

Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.

  • Apple
  • Android
  • Windows Phone

To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.



Discover More Agatha Christie
Visit our Agatha Christie Store to discover more titles by this author.

Product details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Harper (4 Mar. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 000733124X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007331246
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 2 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 62,067 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
  • If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support?

Product description

From the Back Cover

In these informal, often witty and always interesting memoirs, Sir Max Mallowan tells the story of his life, from his boyhood at Lancing where he was a contemporary of Evelyn Waugh, to the days when he was elected a Fellow of All Souls and succeeded another eminent archaeologist, his friend Sir Mortimer Wheeler, as a Trustee of the British Museum.

The author was initiated into field archaeology at Ur by Leonard Woolley in 1925, and it was Woolley who first introduced him to a visiting novelist, Agatha Christie. After further excavations, Sir Max began working independently in Assyria, to which he returned each year until the outbreak of war. In 1939 he joined the Royal Air Force and was involved in several eccentric exploits before volunteering to go the Middle East where he filled various outlandish posts with skill and aplomb.

Throughout the pre-war years, the author was accompanied on all his digs by Agatha Christie, who was not only a delightful companion and organizer of creature comforts, but also took an active part in the photography, recording and preservation of the finds: some of the humorous odes she composed about her colleagues are included in these pages. Following the account of his wartime activities, Sir Max devotes four chapters to his wife’s achievements as a supreme craftsman in puzzling and holding under her spell innumerable readers, audiences and film-goers throughout the world.

The climax of the memoirs is suitably concerned with the author’s triumphant discoveries at Nimrud or Calah, the ancient capital of Assyria. Photographs of his most attractive finds are included among the excellent illustrations to this book.

--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

About the Author

Sir Max Mallowan was Agatha Christie’s second husband and an eminent archaeologist in his own right. The marriage between Sir Max Mallowan and Dame Agatha Christie was one of unusual distinction – a union between the most celebrated exponent of the detective novel and an archaeologist of world renown whose discoveries in Mesopotamia rank with the most important of our time. He died in 1978, the year after this book was first published.


Customer Reviews

4.3 out of 5 stars
Share your thoughts with other customers

Top Customer Reviews

Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Wanted to find out more about Max Mallowan so bought this. Although I found it very interesting reading, I also found it rather stilted at times.
Comment 3 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
A deep dive into this famous archaeologist's life with much talk about his wife Agatha Christie.
no mention of his lower (and colleague) who he married one year after Agatha's death and one year before his death...
For the rest is quite interesting and I liked.
1 Comment 2 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Wonderful account of the days when archaeologists were free to wander around Syria and uncover, with the blessing of the authorities, a treasure-trove of remarkable antiquity, much of which, unfortunately, ended up in the Baghdad museum sadly left unprotected when the Americans invaded in 2003. (170,000 objects, thousands of years old and many of them discovered by Mallowan, were carted away and even destroyed by looters.)

Max Mallowan was highly respected in his particular field, which took him to the top of his profession; he writes clearly and enthusiastically about his many expeditions and in some detail. It was his painstaking and profound expertise that led to the discovery of major finds in Ur, Babylon and Nimrud.

He obviously doted on Agatha Christie, wife and his senior by some years; he devotes a whole section (part 3) to her books and includes some of her poetry, besides describing how professional she became when assisting him at the digs, carefully cleaning and photographing the assorted specimens, from pottery fragments to carved ivory plaques. She weathered sandstorm and flood, all uncomplaining, and managed to write a novel or two even in those challenging circumstances. This is not really a book for the casual reader, but for those interested in archaeology, it is a treasure indeed. After reading it, I could see, as far as Agatha was concerned, just what she liked about him. And vice-versa. Intrepid is the word, for both of them.
2 Comments Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
By CatsAndBooks TOP 500 REVIEWER on 12 Dec. 2016
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I was disappointed. The book isn't bad, but it's nothing special. There's little life, wit or insight coming from these pages.

It starts with "I was born...." and continues in this vein. He lists the schools he attends, who his teachers were, shares a few pranks the schoolboys played, and so on. Although he talks about interesting people - like Katherine Woolley - he is so careful to steer away from critical remarks and controversy that the people and don't come to life on these pages. Well, he wasn't a writer, and his talents lay elsewhere.

For a more readable, vibrant memoir about life in early 20th century archaeology in the Middle East, I suggest 'Come Tell Me How You Live: An Archaeological Memoir' by written by his wife, Agatha Christie. Come, Tell Me How You Live: An Archaeological Memoir
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
A fantastic often overlooked book.Max Mallowan is great writer himself.If you want to know what Agatha got up too whilst not writing and have an appreciation for Mesopotamian archaeology,then this is the book for you!
Comment One person found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Mallowan is no Agatha Christie, though he is her second husband, and that is obvious from the very beginning. He totally lacks her light touch, and what is supposed to be a biography keeps lapsing into archaeology. But I did enjoy it, and it is remarkable interesting now that the whole area where he was working is under siege from Islamic militants. Fascinating to hear the towns described then, and to hear them described now. I also like the slightly personal touches, and the fact that he keeps forgetting that he is writing a biography and disappears off into pre-history.
I recommend it, if you like that sort of thing.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse

Look for similar items by category