Did the mystery writer plan her own mysterious disappearance? Let’s delve into the link between fact and fiction in the life of the immensely popular Agatha Christie.
Agatha Christie is a well-known name for anyone who reads books, especially mystery books. But little is known about her life, about how she made such life-like characters and described poisons so accurately. Few know about the real-life mysterious disappearance of Christie, involving a search with a thousand of policemen and civilians. Let’s get to know some interesting facets of Agatha Christie’s life in our new series Little known facts about well-known people.
Agatha Christie is a popular detective writer whose books have been read all over the world and have been particularly popular in India. They have been translated into hundreds of languages and appeal to people of all ages. If you have a library at home, there are sure to be a couple of well-thumbed Christies among them. Her stories appear simple, disarmingly so, and yet have clever clues woven into them that keep you guessing till the end. She created very unique, lovable characters for her books. Hercule Poirot and Miss Marple were both completely different from each other but were both amazingly clever at deducing crimes. Hercule Poirot is a short, slightly stout Belgian man with a black moustache and pink-tipped nose and an air of confidence. Miss Marple is an elderly spinster lady living in a small village who is able to solve mysteries because of her knowledge of human nature and shrewd intelligence. Some Miss Marple stories have been made into movies, and the play The Mousetrap began running in London’s West End in 1952 and had its 25,000th performance on 18 November, 2012. After 66 years, you can still catch the play in London by booking your tickets here.
So Agatha Christie and her amazing mysteries are well-known. But there are a few things about Agatha Christie that are not very well known.
And she did!
On Friday, December 3, 1926, she left her home and disappeared. It was in the newspapers under the headline “Mystery of woman novelist’s disappearance” and a reward was announced for anyone who could find her. It is said that a thousand policemen and thousands of volunteers set out to look for her. She was found 11 days later living under a false name in a hotel far away from home. The details of her disappearance remain a mystery although there are many speculations based on fictional accounts. She herself never spoke about it.
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