After watching an old Dr Who the other night featuring Agatha Christie, and Mr A turning to me to ask me “Did she really disappear for eleven days?” It seemed only right that this months Did You Know was about Agatha Christie.
So First let me say… Did You know…
1. In 1926 on 3rd December Agatha Christie disappeared from her home for eleven days, her car was found abandoned near a lake. A huge police hunt was mounted, eventually Agatha turned up at a Harrogate Hotel.
There was lots of speculation ranging from a suspected breakdown, trying to get back at her husband who had on the evening of her disappearance asked for a divorce and even a publicity stunt. However Agatha never explained her disappearance.
2. Agatha Mary Clarissa Miller was born on the 15th September 1890 to Clara Boehmer and Frederick Alvah Miller.
3. She had two siblings Margaret Frary and Louis Montant,”Madge and Monty.”
4. Agatha and her siblings believed that their Mother was psychic with the ability of second sight.
5. Agatha Christie was home educated until the age of eleven when her Father died. She was then sent to Miss Guyer’s Girls School and then to Paris to complete her education.
6. Agatha had one child with her first husband Archibald Christie, a daughter Rosalind born on 05th August 1919.
7. The Bodley Head Press published Agatha’s first novel The Mysterious Affair at Styles, but only after it had been rejected by six other publishers.
8. Agatha wrote six romances under the pseudonym Mary Westmacott.
9. According to the Guinness book of World Records Agatha is the best-selling novelist of all time with only the Bible and William Shakespeare out selling her!
10. Agatha loved archaeology actually meeting her second husband Max Mallowan an archeologist on a trip to an excavation site at Ur in 1930. Many of the places they visited inspired her books.
11. Agatha wrote over eighty detective novels and six romances novels not forgetting all of her short story collections and her plays one of which includes The Mousetrap the world’s longest running play.