"One of the luckiest things that can happen to you in life is to have a happy childhood. I had a very happy childhood." So reads the opening sentences in Agatha Christie's autobiography which she wrote between the ages of 60 and 75.
Agatha Mary Clarissa Miller (15th Sept., 1890 - 12th Jan., 297) was born and raised in an upper middle class family. Youngest of the three siblings, she was schooled at home by her mother. Later, she had got married to Colonel Archibald Christie....the marriage turned sour after some years. Her urge and imagination to write combined with her need to write for financial reasons. Thus came out the most successful series of 66 detective novels and 14 story collections. Her first published novel was - The Mysterious Affair at Styles, in the year 1920.
'No one writes as good a detective story as Agatha Christie.' Kate Moss
With a rare combination of brilliant plotting and lively writing, Agatha Christie's mysteries have delighted fans worldwide. Who can forget Hercule Poirot, Miss Jane Marple, Tommy and Tuppence...the characters brought alive in her mystery books!! Her books have sold over a billion copies in the English language and another billion in over 45 foreign languages. She is outsold only by the Bible and Shakespeare.
Amongst all her writings, the most popular had been 'And Then There Was None'...it itself has sold more than 100 million copies. And the play "The Mousetrap", has been the longest running play of the world!!!