In December 1926, Agatha Christie vanished, sending shockwaves through British society. As the authorities scoured the country for her, theories and suspicions abounded: it was murder, a hoax, suicide, a publicity stunt, revenge. When she was finally discovered ten days later, living under an assumed name in a hotel in Harrogate, she returned to normal life, refusing to explain what had happened.

Despite Christie’s reputation for final-act revelations, this episode would be forever shrouded in mystery. In this intriguing graphic novel, Anne Martinetti, Guillaume Lebeau and Alexandre Franc use Christie’s enigmatic disappearance as a gateway to explore the life and character of the Queen of the Whodunit.

Taking in her childhood in Torquay and her early attempts at writing, the authors chart Christie’s development into a free-spirited and thoroughly modern woman who, among other things, enjoyed flying, travel and surfing. As her memorable characters take on case after case, we come to understand the events that inspired their adventures and made Christie the person she became.

While her hugely successful career is well known to many readers, this landmark graphic biography also delves into the detail of Christie’s disappointments and personal difficulties in a way that paints the writer as a real person – funny, fallible and full of life.

Spanning marriages and wars by way of archaeology and infidelities, Agatha: The Real Life of Agatha Christie is an entertaining and dramatic portrait of the twentieth century’s best-loved crime writer, showing her triumphs, her failures and her increasingly fractious relationship with the one man she could never get the better of – her most famous creation, the fastidious Belgian detective Hercule Poirot.

 

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Anne Martinetti is an editor at French crime publisher Éditions du Masque and the author of an Agatha Christie-inspired cookbook Creams and Punishments, among many other books.

Guillaume Lebeau is the author of more than fifteen books, novels and graphic novels, including a biography of Stieg Larsson. Together, Martinetti and Lebeau have created a cookbook inspired by Scandinavian crime fiction, Crimes on Ice, and the encyclopaedia Agatha Christie from A to Z.

Alexandre Franc has published over a dozen graphic novels, as a solo creator, artist and writer. He is also an illustrator for youth periodicals, educational books and the communications industry.

Agatha: The Real Life of Agatha Christie is published by SelfMadeHero.
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