While reading about Agatha Christie I have tried to deduce what it was about her writing that made her as famous and well-loved as she was – and still is.
Here are some thoughts:
· Agatha Christie lived for 85 years and was writing for most of those years – her first book was published in 1920 – when she was thirty years old, and she was still getting great reviews for newly published works in the 1970s – fifty years later
· her books have been translated into numerous languages and have been read by millions
· it seems to me that her focus was always the story – she loved the psychology of crime – creating twists and turns throughout to keep her readers guessing.
In the words of her biographer:
‘Agatha’s books last because they are good, if sometimes hopelessly improbable stories. The reader, once hooked, wants to know what happens next. They deal with myths, fantasies, obsessions shared by people of every sort: quests and contests, death, sex, money, murder, conspiracy, transformation, power, the triumph of the simple over the complex, the importance of the mundane as well as the cosmic. They construct a pattern, assigning facts and emotions to their appointed place as problems are resolved and guilt and innocence established.’
‘Agatha Christie – A biography’ by Janet Morgan (published 2017)
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