Wonder Woman actor Gal Gadot is set to star in the new movie adaptation of Agatha Christie’s Death on the Nile, directed by Kenneth Branagh. Gadot is still shooting Wonder Woman 1984 but is the first confirmed member of the cast. The project was created after the success of Branagh’s adaptation of Murder on the Orient Express which grossed $352.8 million worldwide.
Christie’s sequel to Orient Express sees Detective Hercule Poirot return with the challenge of investigating another murder. However, this murder does not take place on a train but on a cruise down the River Nile in Egypt.
Judy Hofflund, Ridley Scott, Kevin Walsh, Mark Gordon and Simon Kinberg are the producing the sequel and Michael Green who adapted Orient Express will be Death on the Nile’s screenwriter. The film has a release date of December 20, 2019. Hopefully it can live up or exceed both the novel and the 1978 adaptation!
The Queen of Mystery, Agatha Christie, is one of the most significant authors in literary history and by far one of my favorite writers. With best-selling novels like And Then There Were None and Murder on the Orient Express, Christie has managed to enchant millions of readers through her shocking plots and memorable characters.
Through her incredible writing, Christie has delivered some very important life lessons, such as walking through life with an air of questioning and not taking things (or people) at face value. Perhaps, however, the most important lessons learned through Christie’s writing are the small yet powerful pieces of advice. Here are 10 Agatha Christie quotes to enlighten you:
“The impossible could not have happened, therefore the impossible must be possible in spite of appearances.”
—Murder on the Orient Express
“One doesn’t recognize the really important moments in one’s life until it’s too late.”
“The truth, however ugly in itself, is always curious and beautiful to seekers after it.”
—The Murder of Roger Ackroyd
“Good advice is always certain to be ignored, but that’s no reason not to give it.”
“To every problem, there is a most simple solution.”
“I do not argue with obstinate men. I act in spite of them.”
—The Mystery of the Blue Train
“Instinct is a marvelous thing. It can neither be explained nor ignored.”
—The Mysterious Affair at Styles
“Everything must be taken into account. If the fact will not fit the theory – let the theory go.”
—The Mysterious Affair at Styles
“I often wonder why the whole world is so prone to generalise. Generalisations are seldom if ever true and are usually utterly inaccurate.”
The list was presented by the Hay Festival in recognition of its annual literary and arts celebration which honors the female writers whose written works published from 1918 deserve recognition and celebration.
The top 100 book titles were chosen by passionate readers who cast their votes over the course of three months by responsind to the hashtag #vote100books.
Rowling’s name appeared next to literary icons including Agatha Christie, Anne Frank, Margaret Atwood, Harper Lee, and Margaret Mitchell. Modern literary phenomenon’s were also named including Gillian Flynn (author of Gone Girl), and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (author of Americanah).
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While the list was comprised of many popular fiction titles, it also included many influential non-fiction works including Betty Friedan’s iconic feminist work, The Feminine Mystique. Friedan’s work proved to be an eye-opening experience for many female readers when it was released in 1963 and is largely credited with inspiring the second-wave feminism movement.
The impact that Friedan and the other incredible female writers have made will be celebrated worldwide, starting at a special event hosted by The Pool at Hay Festival on May 28. The festival officially kicked off on May 25 in Wales and will be also take place in Mexico, Spain, Peru, the UK, Colombia, and Denmark throughout the year.
Festival director Peter Florence reflected on the significance of these influential titles and the writers who penned them.
“There are books here that have changed lives, and changed the world,” he said. “The list is an extraordinary testament to the power of ideas and stories. And a testament to the wisdom of crowds.”
As a child, I was a huge fan of the Nancy Drew books by Caroline Keene. I would devour those books one after another, and once I outgrew reading about Nancy and her friends’ exploits I feared that I would have to let my love for mystery novels fade away —until I discovered Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were None. I remember realizing that Agatha Christie was to my adulthood what Caroline Keene had been to my childhood. Once I finished that standalone novel, I became enamored with Christie’s Belgian detective, Hercule Poirot; Poirot with his famous mustaches and his ability to crack seemingly uncrackable cases.
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Today, Agatha Christie’s life and works are being remembered through a biography entitled Agatha Christie: A Mysterious Lifeby Laura Thompson. The book was published in England about a decade ago, but has only just recently made it across the pond onto U.S. territory. Thompson sheds new light on the writer’s secretive life-a life almost as mysterious to as her novels. As a biographer, Thompson had much more to work with than many other Christie scholars in the past. Between letters, notes, and even personal interviews with Christie’s daughter, Rosalind, Thompson has been able to piece together a much more lucid life for the deceased author.
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As a major fan of Agatha Christie’s, I am most excited to delve into this new biography. Not only does Thompson touch upon Christie’s career as a mystery writer, but she also explores Christie’s work as a romance novelist (a career she pursued under the pseudonym, Mary Westmacott). Thompson suggests that under the name “Agatha Christie” the author was able to continuously publish mystery writing, but that under “Mary Westmacott” she was able to more clearly articulate the pain she felt over the crumbling of her first marriage which had ended in divorce, her strained relationship with her daughter, and her overwhelming love for her own mother. Thompson’s vision of Christie gives her a far more human air than many of us have ever been able to see before.
It’s a wonder that it took so long for the biography to make it across the sea to America, but better late than never! Here’s to digging into a real-life mystery about the extremely private nature of one of the greatest mystery novelists that ever existed! After all, Agatha Christie is the second best-selling author in the world (after Shakespeare, of course).
Known as the ‘Queen of Mystery’ Agatha Christie’s iconic murder mysteries have haunted readers for decades, with over 2 billion books sold worldwide. Responsible for creating some of the most iconic characters and stories, including mystery detective Hercule Poirot, the legacy of this British novelist is unparalleled.
The best-selling novelist of all-time has defined the mystery genre through her mysterious, bizarre, and shocking storylines. Her memorable characters are only rivaled by the Christie’s own unforgettable backstory. Here are fourteen facts about Agatha Christie that are downright shocking, bizarre, utterly entertaining.
1. Her first novel was inspired by a dare.
As a teenager Agatha Christie experimented with poetry and short stories. However it wasn’t until her sister challenged her to attempt a longer written work that she wrote her first novel. Her novel, The Mysterious Affair at Styles (1920), introduced detective Hercule Poirot, who would later become a popular literary icon.
2. She mysteriously disappeared for 11 days…leading to alien abduction conspiracies.
In 1926, Christie’s life suddenly became a mystery novel in itself when, grieving the devastating death of her mother, and going through a divorce from her husband Colonel Archibald Christie, Christie abruptly disappeared. Her family, police, and the public were left bewildered. She vanished without a trace, leaving behind her daughter (in the care of household staff), wedding ring, and abandoned car, which led to a manhunt that ultimately turned up nothing. Eleven days later she was finally sighted… at a spa hotel in which she had been staying the entire time, under the name of her husband’s mistress. Christie claimed to have had amnesia, and her bizarre disappearance was never fully explained.
Throughout the sensationalized ordeal there were countless theories surrounding Christie’s disappearance. Some people theorized that the whole ordeal was a publicity stunt to increase book sales. Others believed Christie’s amnesia was real, perhaps as a result of an accident. Others believed Christie was attempting to setup her husband and characterize him as a suspect Gone Girl style. Those theories are not nearly as interesting as one put forth by Gareth Roberts, one of the writers for BBC’s Doctor Who. In an episode titled, “The Unicorn and the Wasp”, the writer theorized that Christie indeed suffered amnesia after a traumatic encounter with an alien wasp. Could it be true? Guess we’ll never know for sure.
3. She pursued smoking… but failed.
Though nowadays millions of people try desperately to give up smoking, Christie tried desperately to take up the habit. World War I had popularized tobacco, so smoking was seen as lavish and didn’t have the reputation that it does now. Wanting to fit in, Christie experimented, however she just couldn’t get in to it.
4. She had a taste for poison.
During World War I, Christie worked as an apothecaries assistant and handled a variety of toxins, leading her to developing an advanced knowledge of poisons. Her interest in poison translated on paper, as it was her preferred method of murder in many of her works. Her preference stemmed in part from her aversion to graphic violence. It may help too that it makes the murder suspect all the more mysterious.
5. Her mother was psychic.
Christie’s mother, Clarissa Boehmer, was a self-proclaimed clairvoyant who reportedly convinced her children that she could see the future. Her esoteric beliefs reportedly led her to refrain from teaching Christie how to read at a young age (though the author taught herself) and homeschooling her.
6. She once held the Guinness World Record for the world’s thickest book.
In 2009 HarperCollins published a collection of Christie’s Miss Marple stories – comprising of twelve novels and twenty short stories. The collectionfeatured a mere sixty-eight crimes committed, sixty-eight secrets and lies, twenty-two false accusations, twenty-one romances, and 143 cups of tea consumed, delivering a whopping 4,032 pages, weighing more than fifteen pounds, and priced at $1,500 dollars. The record was surpassed in 2013 when a 89,471 page book titled Verdens Største Ordbog (The world’s largest dictionary) was published in Denmark.
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7. She had a passion for archaeology.
Christie’s second husband, Max Mallowan, was an archeologist and frequently invited her along on his expeditions to the Middle East. These expeditions greatly influenced her writing. Christie and her husband often traveled on The Orient Express, which later inspired her successful murder mystery, Murder on the Orient Express (1934). Influences of her time spent in the Middle East can be seen in many of her works including, Murder in Mesopotamia (1936), Death on the Nile (1937), Appointment with Death (1938), and They Came to Baghdad (1951).
8. She holds another record as the first woman to surf standing up.
Though many famed writers, including J.D. Salinger, were recluses who shut themselves away with their work, Christie wasn’t one of them. She loved spending time outdoors and had a particular passion for surfing. Her interest arose during a stay in Hawaii and she is believed to be the first British woman who surfed while standing up.
9. Her fear of poverty inspired her portrayal of money as a motive.
Though she was born to a middle-class family, Christie was conscious of the power and limitations of money throughout the childhood after her father experienced financial setbacks. After her father passed away when she was eleven, the author was reportedly haunted by a constant worry of her family’s financial situation. Tracing the author’s life, career, and legacy in her 2007 biography, Agatha Christie: An English Mystery, Laura Thompson wrote, “Agatha had a fear of poverty, deriving from her memory of the sudden downward swoop of the Miller fortunes. Money is central to Agatha’s writings. As both Poirot and Miss Marple [Christie’s two most famous characters] are aware, it constitutes the prime motive for crime.”
10. She was a self-proclaimed “sausage machine.”
Though the exact number of works written by Christie varies between sources, everyone agrees that she wrote a freaking lot. The “queen of mystery” is known not only for her compelling reads, but the sheer volume of written works. At the height of her career, Christiereferred to herself as a “sausage machine,” in reference to her ability to churn out a lot of material rapidly.
11. Her pseudonym Mary Westmacott remained a secret for nearly two decades.
Though the name Agatha Christie is known by many, the famed author also wrote six novels under the pseudonym Mary Westmacott around 1930. Unlike the murder mysteries associated with her name, the author created a new reputation by diving into the romance genre releasing titles like Giant’s Bread (1930). Her pseudonym went undisclosed for nearly 20 years.
12. Her number of sold works outnumbers the populations of China and America (combined).
Christie has sold more than 2 billion copies of her written work, cementing her status as the best-selling novelist of all time.
13. She detested marmalade pudding.
Christie disliked marmalade pudding, so much so in fact that she used it as a murder accessory in her novel A Pocket Full of Rye (1953). Perhaps she wanted to warn off readers from consuming the treat. Guess we’ll never know.
14. Her protagonist Hercule Poirot was adored by many people… except for Christie herself.
One of the most prolific literary characters is Christie’s murder mystery detective Hercule Poirot, who made around 100 appearances in Christie’s works. Though beloved by many, the author repeatedly voiced her dislike of Poirot, once referring to him as an “detestable, bombastic, tiresome, ego-centric little creep.” In an interview with BBC, Christie’s grandson Matthew Prichardrevealed that the Poirot’s popularity with readers led Christie’s publishers to push the writer to continuously “churn out” Poirot mysteries. So if you think his frequent appearances was a result of Christie’s love of him, think again.