100 years on: exploring Agatha Christie's life and work
2020 marks 100 years since the publication of Agatha Christie's first novel, 'The Mysterious Affair at Styles'. We’re marking this milestone by delving into the life and work of this much-loved author. We’ll reveal treasures from her collection in a video tour of Greenway, and share a new podcast featuring memories from Agatha’s grandson.
Caring for Agatha Christie's collection
With your help, we care for Greenway in Devon, Agatha's beloved holiday home. Agatha and her family would spend summer and Christmas holidays at Greenway, relaxing by the river, playing croquet, and reading her latest mystery to their guests.
The Greenway estate was gifted to the Trust 20 years ago in 2000, but Agatha’s family continued to live in the house until 2005. In 2005 Agatha’s grandson, Mathew Prichard gifted the house and contents to us so that everyone had the chance to explore Agatha’s life and glimpse many of her prized possessions, including artefacts from her travels, family momentos, and first editions of her novels.
Who was Agatha Christie?
Agatha was born in Torquay, Devon in 1890, and was educated largely by her father. She first began writing detective fiction when she worked with the Voluntary Aid Detachment in a Red Cross Hospital during the First World War – this was the beginning of the work Agatha became most known for.
During her lifetime, she wrote over 60 detective novels, bringing to life iconic characters such as the eccentric Belgian detective Hercule Poirot, and the seemingly unsuspecting golden age detective Miss Marple.
Agatha weaved together internationally known stories, such as ‘The Murder of Roger Ackroyd’ (1926), and captivating plays, such as ‘The Mousetrap’ (1952), that would firmly secure her status as a canonical figure in the history of detective fiction. In fact, 'The Mousetrap' set a world record for the longest running play in the world.
Podcast: 100 years of mystery
While many of us are familiar with Agatha Christie’s characters, just how well do we know Agatha the person? Listen to our latest podcast to learn more about the woman behind the books, and hear from her grandson as he shares his memories of their holidays together at Greenway.
Thanks to your support, we look after many precious books and manuscripts and care for the former homes of famous writers, playwrights and poets poets, including Samuel Coleridge, Vita Sackville-West, Beatrix Potter and Thomas Hardy, to name a few. Some of these places even inspired their work, including Greenway which featured as the scene of a crime in Christie's novel, 'Dead Man's Folly'.
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