Agatha Christie by Laura Thompson

Agatha Christie

It has been one hundred years since Agatha Christie wrote her first novel and created the formidable Hercule Poirot.  A brilliant and award winning biographer, Laura Thompson now turns her sharp eye to Agatha Christie. Arguably the greatest crime writer in the world, Christie's books still sell over four million copies each year—more than thirty years after her death—and it shows no signs of slowing.But who was the woman behind these mystify...

Details Agatha Christie

TitleAgatha Christie
Release DateMar 6th, 2018
PublisherPegasus Books
GenreNonfiction, Biography, Biography Memoir, Mystery, Crime

Reviews Agatha Christie

  • Charlotte Langstroth
    You should read this if you're (yet another bookstagrammer) already very familiar with Agatha and her work and want to know as much as you can get to know about her - this biography is cleverly written and is incredibly detailed with almost all life events being relayed back and quoted with reference to either a Christie or a Westmacott novel. I have saved quite a few Marples/Poirots that I haven't read yet and I'm glad it is that way or else I w...
  • Stringy
    I was disappointed by this biography, which I picked up at the Border's closing sale. Thompson is very defensive of Christie, as if fans of her novels couldn't handle anything less than perfection. I'd rather have an honest, warts-and-all look at someone's life than a hagiography.And with 'unique access to her diaries, letters and family', I expected to see more of Christie's own opinions. Instead, the quotes from primary sources were bland while...
  • Rebecca
    This is a problematic book. It has its good points, and some very negative. But let's start with the positive. The book is incredibly well researched, if there is anything you ever wanted to know you will find it here. You will find a whole lot of information you didn't even know you wanted to know. And Laura Thompson clearly loves her subject, she loves to write this book and it is very evident throughout it. No, throughout most of the book. She...
  • Niki
    one of the best bioraphy of Christie I've read
  • Eva
    I don't understand why this book has over 4 stars average. I found it disappointing. The author continuously uses quotes from Christies (fictional) books to prove how Christie thought about things. But it never becomes clear why writer Laura Thompson thinks those quotes express Christies personal thoughts instead of those uttered by the fictional characters in the book. It annoyed me so, that I couldn't finish it. I rather try another biography.
  • Tami
    Reading this was quite an undertaking! No one can accuse author Laura Thompson of not doing her research. While I learned much about Agatha Christie’s life that I did not know, I think the chapter about her disappearance was the most interesting. How ironic that even today, there is still somewhat of a mystery about the details of that disappearance.The book covers Agatha’s life from childhood to death. Her contribution to plays, poems and ot...
  • Mary Beth
    Agatha Christie was a fascinating woman. That fact is completely lost in this biography which tangents all over the map and has too many references to her novels which is completely distracting to her life story. Sorry, but this book needs a good editor.
  • trishtrash
    Agatha Christie is one of my favourite authors, and Laura Thompson's biography captures the imaginative, timelessly endearing qualities of Christie's life and work, even attempting to define the ineffable durability of her books (despite the fact that they are constantly decried as being dated, xenophobic, racist and unrealistic, Christie is still the bestselling author after the Bible and Shakespeare). However, the great emphasis on her relation...
  • Sally Sharamitaro
    Everything you ever wanted to know or hear about Agatha Christie's life.
  • Lorna
    I really enjoyed this book. Although I have read quite a few biographies sometimes I find them hard to get into because they're more or less set out like a timeline of the person's life. Although of course this book does more or less the same thing it is written in more of a literary fashion, which as a reader of mainly fiction I found easier to read. I especially like the way that she handles the 10 days when Agatha went missing, coming up with ...
  • Susan
    I've loved Agatha Christie's mysteries since my early teens, so I was interested to learn about this amazingly popular author's life in a book which has interesting details from her early childhood untill the end if her life.It's quite a personal look, charting love affairs, marriages, family relationships and friendships.The chapters which dealt with her famous disappearance were particularly interesting....and surprising.....The author talks at...
  • Sarah
    This is a very good and extremely readable biography. I might actually have given it another half star since I did enjoy it quite a lot, but I was a little offended by how snarky and repetitive the author was about Christie's looks. I'm as shallow as the next person, but having it reiterated, ad nauseum, how fat and unattractive a woman was came off to me as both annoying and more than a little sexist (I can't see a bio of, say, Hemingway concent...
  • Leanne
    I couldn't even bring myself to finish this book. It was painful. While the author has done her research and clearly knows Christie's work the book does not go in chronological order of her life. She makes wild assumptions which may or may not be true. Every page is filled with random quotes from a novel to the point where you don't even know what is real and what is fiction. This could be good but not as a naive Agatha Christie reader.
  • Anita
    I really disliked this book. The writing is repetitive and pedestrian. But I persevered in order to try to learn something about Agatha Christie.
  • Robin
    Laura Thompson's Agatha Christie is an excellent accompaniment to reading John Curran's The Secret Notebooks. I read them in close succession and found their perspective and perceptive commentary on Agatha Christie and her novels markedly enhanced my current re-reading of her work. While Curran's work concentrates on Christie's development of the novels and short stories, Thompson goes to the heart of her work: Christie's life and character. I pa...
  • Sarah
    Mangelnde Objektivität, unnötiges Ab- und Herumschweifen der etwas zu blumigen Sprache, das ständige Anführen von Zitaten aus den Werken von Agatha Christie, um ihre Biographie zu belegen und das ständige Herumspringen in den Zeiten und Begebenheiten des Lebens der Kriminalschriftstellern. Nein, so sollte eine Biographie wirklich nicht aussehen. Man fühlt sich als Leser kaum abgeholt, eher als Zuschauer des ewig andauernden Monologs der Aut...
  • Veera
    Not the biggest fan – occasionally Thompson's own opinion come through too strongly and I couldn't get a feeling of Christie herself. I also felt the chapter describing her disappearance in 1926 to be presumptuous and therefore annoying. The chapters following that episode, however, were very enjoyable, and I did lose myself in them. Thompson's own voice was back strongly towards the end again. This would have been a 2-star read if not for the ...
  • An Odd1
    Overall worth while despite contradictions, never mind if reader is Agatha fan. Writing style varies - romantic, stream-of-consciousness, crisp, quasi-Freud pop psycho-babble, boring conglomeration from contemporaries (P.D. James jealous, sarcastically hateful, reviews, real-life cases "life-long obsession with Croyden murders" p 379, gossip rumor. Dubiously connects rumor "Katherine had no desire to sleep with men, she still wanted them in her t...
  • Kim
    A very readable book, in spite of the fact that it was extremely disorganized.
  • Kelly Kuwabara
    3.5 stars. This was a really well-researched and in-depth biography of a great subject. Having never read another Christie biography, I also learned a lot; and the biographer's explanation of Agatha Christie's 1926 disappearance was persuasive. She also had really good endnotes; if that sounds sarcastic or like faint praise, it isn't meant that way. Particularly in a biography, I appreciate careful source notations. Additionally, she had a good n...
  • Ali
    This is quite a big book, and so has kept me going all week. I am reading slowly at the moment I think too. But it has been a joyous companion to my first week back at work after that lovely break I had in the Lakes. I do love AC and this is a fascinating, and very readable book about all areas of her life. Laura Thompson does come down strongly on the side of Agatha, and although she does make references to the various criticisms and less favour...
  • Sarah Leong
    Agatha is one of my 2 childhood favorite authors, the other being Enid Blyton. I first read an abridged copy of Murder of Roger Ackroyd in 1961, in my first year of school -that spurred me on to a life-long love of reading - all thanks to my beloved late father - whom I think of constantly and thank again, whenever I am enjoying a good read.I remeber he bought me 3 books - this,one Great Expectations by Charles Dickens and an obscure book, Red Se...
  • Jen
    I knew basically nothing but the bare outlines of Agatha Christie's life, so this was a very interesting book about an author I love. I kind of wish I had read it before I read any of Christie's books, rather than when I had already read almost all of them, but that would have been impossible, since this biography was published in 2007. I do feel like the author has an obvious love for Agatha Christie, which clouds her objectivity, and I also fee...
  • Andrea Hickman Walker
    This was a most enjoyable read. Unlike many biographies, it does not seek to hide the more unexceptionable sides to the subject. Why did she disappear? A number of theories have been put forward, but I must admit that Laura Thompson's is the most plausible I've heard so far. Why does she write the books she does, the way she does? Answer in here.All in all, Thompson makes a convincing argument as to Christie's motivations, strengths and weaknesse...
  • Abigail
    I quite enjoyed this biography although I agree that it was a bit defensive in places. I liked the way the author used the Mary Westmacott novels in conjunction with Christie's own autobiography. And I must say that I don't think anyone is likely to propose a better solution to the (in)famous disappearance. Thompson's really rather negative about Christie's second marriage, and Max Mallowan does not come across as an entirely likeable character f...
  • Sull
    Very good, detailed biography focussing on the good stuff--relationships, the germs of the books. She had an extraordinary life, that's for sure, growing up in Devon, travelling all over the world, then enjoying her late-in-life "getaways" to visit her second husband at his archeological dig in Iraq. Wish I'd been able to meet her, though she was very shy.
  • PastAllReason
    Careful biography of Christie. I learned quite a bit about her that I did not previously know. For all its care in extensive drawing from source material that includes Christie's own works, I found it not quite as readable as it could be with difficulty in flow. Still, it is worth reading for its insights into Christie's character.
  • Kate Millin
    I found this an interesting read as it is the first biography of Agatha Christie that I have read. The way the author dealt with the mystery of her disappearance was a bit long winded, but the whole treatment was very sympathetic.