AgAthA Christie

Landscape (UK) - - September -

Crime writer Agatha Christie wrote 66 nov­els and 14 short story col­lec­tions. She was also author of the world’s long­est-run­ning play, The Mouse­trap, staged for 68 years. Born in Torquay on 15 Septem­ber 1890, Agatha Mary Clarissa Miller had no for­mal ed­u­ca­tion un­til she was sent to fin­ish­ing school in Paris in her mid teens. How­ever, she taught her­self to read by the age of five and had her first poem pub­lished at 11. In 1914, she mar­ried Archie Christie, and their daugh­ter, Ros­alind, was born in 1919. How­ever, in 1928, the mar­riage ended in di­vorce. Two years later, she mar­ried ar­chae­ol­o­gist Max Mal­lowan. Agatha Christie had a life­long love of Devon and bought Green­way House, above the banks of the River Dart, in 1938, which be­came her hol­i­day home. The Ge­or­gian house, now owned by the Na­tional Trust, is pre­sented in 1950s style to re­flect her time here. In 1959, Ros­alind bought the house from her mother. She moved there af­ter both Agatha and Max had died, in 1976 and 1978 re­spec­tively. She gave the house to the Na­tional Trust in 2000, though she and her hus­band con­tin­ued to live in it un­til their deaths in 2004 and 2005.

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