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Autobiography [Hardcover]

Agatha Christie
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April 5 2010
Agatha Christie's 'most absorbing mystery' -- her own autobiography, with new exclusive CD containing newly discovered priceless recordings of Agatha dictating excerpts from more than 40 years ago. Over the three decades since her death on 12 January 1976, many of Agatha Christie's readers and reviewers have maintained that her most compelling book is probably still her least well-known. Her candid Autobiography, written mainly in the 1960s, modestly ignores the fact that Agatha had become the best-selling novelist in history and concentrates on her fascinating private life. From early childhood at the end of the 19th century, through two marriages and two World Wars, and her experiences both as a writer and on archaeological expeditions with her second husband, Max Mallowan, Agatha shares the details of her varied and sometimes complex life with real passion and openness. Then, in 2008, Agatha Christie's grandson made a remarkable discovery. While clearing out her old house in preparation for its opening to the public, Greenway in Devon, a box of old tape reels was found to contain the recordings of Agatha dictating her Autobiography for her typist. These remarkable recordings are not only an amazingly rare example of Agatha's voice, but they also partly explain the engaging nature of her Autobiography - for they reveal the normally reclusive Agatha telling her own story in a lively, spontaneous and often conspiratorial way, whose passion in talking about her life is captured in the printed Autobiography. Now this new edition comes complete with a CD of highlights from these priceless tapes, giving Agatha Christie's millions of fans the opportunity to hear the Queen of Crime's story in her own words, and rediscover her remarkable full story in this special edition of her book, which is newly introduced by Mathew Prichard, the grandson who discovered the tapes.

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'Wonderfully easy to read and engrossing.' The Times 'The best thing she has ever written.' Woman's Own 'Agatha Christie's most absorbing mystery -- the story of her own unusual life. She has put it all on record: her early romances; a broken (and a happy) marriage; strange events on the path to roaring success.' Daily Mail 'A wonderful book -- written with a delight in the gradual unfolding of 75 years through the eyes of an exceptional old lady and writer.' Financial Times

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Millions of fans the world over got to know her beloved characters, Hercule Poirot, Miss Jane Marple, and the rest, yet for decades little was known about their creator. Dame Agatha Christie was a woman who scrupulously kept her private life hidden from view, dodging the press, granting no interviews, and even, for a brief time, famously disappearing. But shortly after the great lady's death, the silence was broken when An Autobiography was finally published.

The witty, insightful, and immensely entertaining reflections of a marvelous talent, An Autobiography is as compulsively readable as Christie's novels. In her own inimitable style, a brilliant eccentric whose life encapsulated her times sheds light on her past, including her childhood in Victorian England, her volunteer work during World War II, and, of course, her phenomenal career. Agatha Christie's An Autobiography brings into sharp focus a beloved and enduring literary icon whose imagination continues to mesmerize readers to this very day.

--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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4.0 out of 5 stars There are really 3 of these... March 22 2001
By C. Sahu
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There are really 3 autobiographical works that Agatha Christie wrote: there's this one, of course, which, if I remember right, covers her childhood and the early years of her first marriage, including how she began writing. Then there's "Come, Tell Me How You Live," about the 2nd part of her life, during her marriage to the archeologist Max Mallowan.
Then there's the novel (written under the pseudonym Mary Westmacott), "Unfinished Portrait." Although many things in "Unfinished Portrait" were clearly changed around for the sake of the story and don't pertain to her life at all, it is very frank emotionally about what was probably the hardest time of her life -- her divorce from her 2nd husband. It also tells a little more about her writing, since the heroine of the story is also a writer.
All 3 of the books are good reading.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Agatha Christie : An Autobiography May 4 2000
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That book was great I loved that book because it told everything about her life in it, it told about when she was growing up and what happened in her life, while she was growing up. Life is great when you make somthing out of it. When Agatha Christie started getting sick she just didn't care she still just kept on writing and when she died somebody wrote the rest of it to say thats all the writing she has left for anyone because she had died. She was a great author because when she wrote her books she made them interesting to people to pick up her next book that she wrote.
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I am Agatha Christie lover .So far I've read and owned more than 50 of her books. Unfortunatelly, I have no oportunity to read or have "Autobiography" in English but I read it translated, and in my opinion it is one of her best books. You can go trough her life from the childhood till the old age.She presented herself both as a very fragile and strong woman. She is Victorian and modern person at the same time. I recommend it with all my heart.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great read June 12 1998
By A Customer
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I had already read many Christie mysteries before I picked this autobiography up out of curiosity.I was surprised to find that this was as captivating as any of her whodunits.A.C.'s description of her life is quite fascinating.this is the kind of book you can keep re-reading(I've read it several times,browsing through different parts).I recommend it strongly for everyone,and especially for
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5.0 out of 5 stars Like talking to the author herself! June 17 1999
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I have read Agatha Christie's Autobiography at least four times, and I have yet to be bored. Far from a typical year-by-year recounting of activities, Christie's masterpiece is a series of vivid and picturesque memories that make this work a step above all other biography. Captivating and beautifully written, this is a must-read for _everyone_, commoners and fans alike.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Read Dec 22 1999
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Agatha Christie's, An Autobiography, is an excellent read. Unlike most books of this type, it is not chronological in the true sense of the word. It's almost as if Dame Agatha is talking to you personally about her life. She jumps from one topic to another much as one would in an ordinary conversation. Thoroughly entertaining!
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