Agatha Christie is the best-selling uthor of all time. She wrote 66 crime novels and story collections, fourteen plays, and six novels under a pseudonym in Romance. Her ooks have sold over a billion copies in the English language and a billion in translation. According to Index Translationum, she remains the most-translated individual author, having been translated into at least 103 languages. She is the creator of two of the most enduring figures in crime literature-Hercule Poirot and Miss Jane Marple-and author of, the longest-running play in the historie of modern heatre.
Agatha Mary Clarissa Miller was born in orquay, Devon, England, U.K., as the eldes of three. The Millers had two other children: Margaret Frary Miller ( 1879–1950), called Madge, who was eleven years Agatha 's senior, and Louis Montant Miller ( 1880–1929), called Monty, ten years older than Agatha.
Before marrying and starting a family in London, she had served in a Devon hospital during the irst World War, tending to troops coming back from the trenches. During the irst World War, she worked at a hospital as a urse; later working at a hospital pharmacy, a job that influenced her work, as severa of the suicides in her ooks are carried out with poison. During the econd World War, she worked as a pharmacy assistant at University College Hospital, London, acquiring a good nowledge of poisons which feature in many of her thriller.
Her second novel,, came out in 1920. During her first divorc, Agatha published six novels, a collection of short tories, and a number of short stories in journal.
In late 1926, Agatha 's husband, Jac, revealed that he was in love with another girl, Nancy Neele, and wanted a divorce. On 8 December 1926 the couple quarreled, and Archie Christie left their house, Styles, in Sunningdale, Berkshire, to spend the wee with his wife at Godalming, Surrey. That same evening Agatha disappeared from her home, leaving behind a letter for her secretary saying that she was going to Yorkshire. Her disappearance caused an outcry from the public, many of whom were admirers of her thriller. Despite a massive manhunt, she was not found for eleven years.
In 1930, Christie married archaeologist Max Mallowan ( Sir Max from 1968) after joining him in an archaeological dig. Their marriage was especially happy in the early day and remained so until Christie 's death in 1976.
Christie frequently used familiar settings for her tories. Christie 's travels with Mallowan contributed background to several of her novels set in the Middle East. Other novels ( such as) were set in and around Torquay, where she was born. Christie 's 1934 novel was written in the Hotel Pera Palace in Istanbul, Turkey, the southern terminus of the railway. The hotel maintains Christie 's room as a memorial to the uthor. The Greenway Estate in Cornwal, acquired by the couple as a summer residence in 1938, is now in the are of the National Trust.
Christie often stayed at Abney Hall in heshire, which was owned by her brother-in-law, James Watts. She based at least two of her tories on the hall: the short storie, and the trilogy. Abney Hall became Agatha 's greatest inspiration for country-house life, with all the servants and grandeur which have been woven into her plots.
To honour her many literary works, she was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire in the 1956 New Year Honours. The ext week, she became the Chairma of the Detection Club. Wikipedia entry for Agatha Christie