Agatha Christie at 125

Last Modified: Sat Sep 19 2015 10:06:43 GMT+0530 (India Standard Time)
  • 16 September, 1890
    born in Torquay, on the southwest coast of England as Agatha Miller
  • 2
    major hobbies as a child - roller skating and surfing
  • 6
    words - 'Who? Why? When? How? Where? Which?', written on a page of a sixpenny notebook, perhaps this was her idea of how to write a detective story
  • 1914
    served as a nurse during WWI and also the period she met her first husband, Archie Christie, a soldier and airman
  • 11
    days, Christie went missing, following the death of her mother and her husband's announcement that he had fallen in love with another woman
  • 1930
    married a second time, to archaelogist Max Mallowan. The couple travelled a lot to the Middle East, the inspiration for her novels "Death on the Nile" and "Murder in Mesopotamia"
  • 42
    novels based on fastidious Belgian sleuth Hercule Poirot, inspired by a Belgian refugee Christie spotted in Torquay around 1912
  • 12
    novel and short story appearances for Miss Marple, Christie's other longstanding detective loosely inspired by grandmother
  • 100
    languages in which Christie's books have been translated
  • 100,000,000
    number of copies sold worldwide
  • 11 to 20 September
    International Agatha Christie Festival takes place in Torquay