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This is a fascinating look at the life of Agatha Christie, focussing mainly on the event that propelled her into the limelight - the 11 days in 1926 she was missing from her home. Due to the unusual circumstances of her disappearance a wide scale police search was instigated and the Press became obssessed with finding out what happened to her. She was finally discovered living under an assumed name in a hotel in Harrogate. The family closed ranks after they found her and claimed she had been suffering from amnesia. The real motivations remained a mystery until this book was published.

 

With the assistance of Agatha Christie's family and friends and impeccable research the author of this book reveals exactly what happened during the eleven days and why she decided to disappear.

 

It is very interesting, although the writing style is rather like a report - event after event is described with dates and times and precision. I have probably been spoiled by biographies that read like novels - written from one perspective which gives the illusion of being close to the subject. However this is a small point and I did thoroughly enjoy reading this book.

 

Has anyone else read it and what did you think?

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I have always enjoyed Agatha Christie's mysteries (I think I've got them all!), and like other 'fans' have been curious about her adventure in Harrogate.

 

I haven't read this book, but like the sound of it. It's a bit pricey, though, so I have just added it to my Amazon 'Wish List'

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Like Megustaleer, I think I've nearly got all of her books, and have read her autobiography and a couple of biographies too. This sounds so intriguing that I'm probably going to have to splash out. As far as I remember, the autobiography was pretty vague about these events, and the biographies not much better. It feels a bit invasive to want to find out more, though, especially as she was such a private person.

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I just went to have a look at Amazon and I can see it has gone up since I bought it at the beginning of April - quite a lot - maybe it'll come down again!

 

As far as I remember, the autobiography was pretty vague about these events, and the biographies not much better. It feels a bit invasive to want to find out more, though, especially as she was such a private person.

 

This book mentions that the biographies and particularly the autobiography gloss over the eleven days. In fact she lies in her autobiography in an attempt to muddy the waters! She really didn't want anyone to know about it and she does come across as a very private person. I am sure she would have hated this book and probably attempted to prevent publication. On the other hand she has created such a mystery that enquiring minds want to know :)

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She would just have to face up to the fact that she created a huge following of people who love solving mysteries, and that there is no way she could cause a real-life mystery and not have people poking about trying to find put what happened!

 

Whether or not this is 'the truth', if she had wanted to avoid the investigations into her private life she should have left an undisputable record of the events culminating in the Harrogate hotel to posterity.

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