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By the publication of Giant's Bread, Christie had published 10 novels and two short story collections, all of which had sold considerably more than 30,000 copies. Christie was unhappy about becoming "an employed wage slave", [14] : 428 and for tax reasons set up a private company in 1955, Agatha Christie Limited, to hold the rights to her works. She next adapted her short radio play into The Mousetrap, which premiered in the West End in 1952, produced by Peter Saunders and starring Richard Attenborough as the original Detective Sergeant Trotter.

In September 2015, to mark her 125th birthday, And Then There Were None was named the "World's Favourite Christie" in a vote sponsored by the author's estate. At the age of 18 Agatha was already amusing herself writing short stories, which Clara had suggested she do to stave off boredom while in bed with influenza.viii Guns, knives, garrottes, tripwires, blunt instruments, and even a hatchet were also used, but "Christie never resorted to elaborate mechanical or scientific means to explain her ingenuity," [126] : 57 according to John Curran, author and literary adviser to the Christie estate. MGM followed with a series of movies in the 1960s based on the Miss Marple stories starring Margaret Rutherford; Agatha was disappointed in these interpretations and deemed Rutherford miscast. While she slept in a tent like other members of the expedition, Agatha had a room set aside in the expedition house for writing. There is a page related to common core, which did not interest me at all as I homeschool and find common core to be bologna. She continued to play with genres and reflect contemporary events, offering modern readers an insight into life through the 20th century.

Christie had long been a fan of detective novels, having enjoyed Wilkie Collins's The Woman in White and The Moonstone, and Arthur Conan Doyle's early Sherlock Holmes stories.Her last public appearance was in November 1974 at the premiere of Sidney Lumet’s Murder on the Orient Express, which featured an all-star cast including Albert Finney as Poirot. There were evening dresses and parties, and young Agatha showed more interest in these than the local archaeological sites. Shortly afterwards, Max was sent out to Cairo as a squadron leader in the Directorate of Allied and Foreign Liaison, leaving Agatha – now volunteering in the dispensary at University College Hospital - alone for the duration of the war, despite concerted efforts to arrange work overseas near her husband. Satterthwaite also appears in a novel, Three Act Tragedy, and a short story, " Dead Man's Mirror", both of which feature Poirot.

One of Christie's plays, The Mousetrap, opened in West End theatre in 1952, and ran continuously until 16 March 2020, when the stage performances had to be temporarily discontinued during the COVID-19 pandemic. The people she met would form the basis for many a plot, not least the forceful figure of Major Belcher, their travelling companion, who provided the inspiration for a character in 1924’s The Man in the Brown Suit. The trip cemented Agatha’s passion for adventure and travel, taking in South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Australia, New Zealand, Fiji, Hawaii, Canada and mainland USA.After he was sent to the Western Front in the First World War, she worked with the Voluntary Aid Detachment and in the chemist dispensary, giving her a working background knowledge of medicines and poisons.

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