How many people around the world can honestly say that they have never heard at least once of Agatha Christie, the famous writer best remembered for her detective novels? Known for both her writing and her personal life, she has attracted an enormous amount of publicity and had been honoured for her entire work. First of all, she had amazing skills for writing. She was able to write a novel over a weekend, which proved to be another best-seller.
Agatha Christie was one of the writers from the twentieth century who had demonstrated such admirable skill in writing. Apart from the well-known detective novels, especially those featuring Hercule Poirot and Miss Marple, that established her as the best-selling authors of all time, she also wrote a few short stories and successful West End plays. Christie’s stage play “The Mousetrap” holds the record for the longest initial run since 1952 up to 2010, and is still running after thousands of performances.
Agatha Christie was the first recipient of the Mystery Writers of America’s highest honour, the Grand Master Award and many other awards for her plays. To honour her many literary works, she was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire in the 1956 New Year Honours. Most of her books and short stories have been filmed, some many times over, and many have been adapted for television, radio, video games and comics. Despite of her great success, her personal life was an amalgam of diverse problems.
From her first failure in her private life, which ended with a divorce, up to her disappearance and depression because of her mother’s death, had caused a public reaction largely negative, with many believing all these were publicity stunt. However, she managed to be herself again, re-married and lived happily until her death. All in all, Agatha Christie was revered as a master of suspense, plotting, and characterisation by most of her contemporaries. It was said that nobody can write an Agatha Christie novel but the authoress herself, this proving one more time her enthralling, first-rate skill for writing.