Agatha Christie dining with Queen Elizabeth II and other Christie memories.

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In An Autobiography Agatha Christie marks buying a car and dining with Queen Elizabeth II as two of the most exciting things that happened to her in life. She described the experience of dining with Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace as having a fairy-tale quality to it as she thought that it was something that she would never have the pleasure of experiencing, describing the Queen as ‘so small, and slender, in her simple dark red velvet gown with one beautiful jewel', and remembering, 'her kindness and easiness in talking.’

Have you read An Autobiography?
Which of Agatha Christie's memories have you read or heard about that have stuck with you the most?
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  • Some of my favourite parts are the ones about her stay at Ur with the Woolleys. I first read "Murder in Mesopotamia" and then the autobiography, and it was fun to recognize some of the people she based the characters on. I guess the thing I most admired was that she didn't diss her first husband, despite his treatment of her - and my absolute favourite part is when her second husband comes back from the war (WWII) looking like the white knight, and she burns the kippers - their joy shines through from every word.
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    Dame Agatha Mary Clarissa Christie, Lady Mallowan, was an English crime novelistshort story writer and playwright. She is best known for her 66 detective novels and 14 short story collections, particularly those revolving around her fictional detectives Hercule Poirot and Miss Marple. She also wrote the world's longest-running play, a murder mystery, The Mousetrap, and six romances under the name Mary Westmacott. In 1971 she was elevated to Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire (DBE) for her contribution to literature.

    Christie was born into a wealthy upper-middle-class family in TorquayDevon. She served in a Devon hospital during the First World War, tending to troops coming back from the trenches, before marrying and starting a family in London. She was initially an unsuccessful writer with six rejections, but this changed when The Mysterious Affair at Styles, featuring Hercule Poirot, was published in 1920.During the Second World War she worked as a pharmacy assistant at University College Hospital, London, during the Blitzand acquired a good knowledge of poisons which featured in many of her novels.

    Guinness World Records lists Christie as the best-selling novelist of all time. Her novels have sold roughly 2 billion copies, and her estate claims that her works come third in the rankings of the world's most-widely published books, behind only Shakespeare'sworks and the Bible. According to Index Translationum, she remains the most-translated individual author – having been translated into at least 103 languages. And Then There Were None is Christie's best-selling novel, with 100 million sales to date, making it the world's best-selling mystery ever, and one of the best-selling booksof all time. Christie's stage play The Mousetrap holds the world record for longest initial run. It opened at the Ambassadors Theatrein the West End on 25 November 1952 and as of 2017 is still running after more than 25,000 performances.

    In 1955, Christie was the first recipient of the Mystery Writers of America's highest honour, the Grand Master Award. Later the same year, Witness for the Prosecution received an Edgar Award by the MWA for Best Play. In 2013, The Murder of Roger Ackroyd was voted the best crime novel ever by 600 fellow writers of the Crime Writers' Association. On 15 September 2015, coinciding with her 125th birthday, And Then There Were None was named the "World's Favourite Christie" in a vote sponsored by the author's estate. Most of her books and short stories have been adapted for television, radio, video games and comics, and more than thirty feature films have been based on her work.

  • One of my favourite memories that Agatha wrote about, was, when she Said that she had Grown up with a good Deal of imagination, and when she described her dreams in her autobiography. ONe of her dreams that stuck with me was when she mentioned the "Gunman" who would haunt her nightmares, and I wondered If this could be an early sign of her prowess As an author of fiction that was Not exactly glad and Optimistic.
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