'Agatha Christie & Collins' exhibition

An outdoor exhibition

From Friday 1 September an exhibition of Christie's 'secret' letters to her longstanding publisher HarperCollins will be on display in the Walled Garden. It has been created to celebrate HarperCollins’ 200th anniversary, and shows a relationship that lasted for 50 years, until Agatha's death.

A glimpse into Agatha Christie as a one-woman writing empire 

The exhibition showcases photographs and letters unearthed from the HarperCollins archive, and show Agatha and ‘Billy’ Collins, former chairman and publisher of Collins, discussing jacket designs, plots and publishing schedules.

First nights, publishing parties and the difficulty of obtaining tennis balls during the war are all covered in their letters, and show the professional relationship develop into a friendship over time.