Learning from Agatha Christie

With her birthday on the horizon, I’ve been finding out more about that wonderful Queen of Crime, Agatha Christie – delving into her life to get a glimpse of what inspired her to write over 100 books! Agatha Christie lived a full life – grasping opportunities to explore and to learn about people, places, experiences. Continue reading “Learning from Agatha Christie”

Why is Agatha Christie so famous?

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 publishedContinue reading “Why is Agatha Christie so famous?”

A promise of a better life

On 29th August 2018  BBC News reported that some of the child migrants who were sent to Australia from the UK are planning to sue the UK Government.  The article explains… Between 1945-70, some 4,000 children were separated from their families and sent to Australia and Zimbabwe. The Independent Inquiry Into Child Sex Abuse (IICSA) consideredContinue reading “A promise of a better life”

Best-selling author of all time!

Any guesses as to who is the most read author in the world? Well, according to a recent Wikipaedia article, it is Agatha Christie – who has estimated sales of between two and four billion!  Even beating the bard, William Shakespeare! Hercule Poirot appeared in 33 of her published ‘whodunits’ – which numbered 85 inContinue reading “Best-selling author of all time!”

Not lost, but abandoned

It was 1986 when Nottinghamshire social worker, Margaret Humphreys, was first contacted by a former child migrant in Australia.  She was asked if she could help track down his family in the UK.  That was just the start of a long journey for Margaret, and for the many individuals and families she has helped sinceContinue reading “Not lost, but abandoned”

The Queen of Crime!

On the 15th September 1890 Agatha Christie was born.  She started writing novels  in her early twenties and a hundred years later her books are still being read by millions! Among those readers is Janie Juke, young librarian and amateur sleuth, whose hero is Hercule Poirot.  Janie has made a name for herself in theContinue reading “The Queen of Crime!”

The Forgotten Children

I will let the words of the Child Migrants Trust tell this story… ‘Britain is the only country in the world with a sustained history of child migration. Only Britain has used child migration as a key part of its child care strategy over four centuries rather than as a last resort during times ofContinue reading “The Forgotten Children”

Flying high

It seems incredible to think that our Royal Air Force is one hundred years old.   It was back in 1918, on 1 April, when the Royal Air Force first formed as a separate service, independent of the British Army and the Royal Navy.  In fact, it was the first time that any country hadContinue reading “Flying high”

Celebrating mysteries!

It’s fair to say, that there’s cause for celebration back here at Janie Juke HQ!  The Invisible Case – the third book in the Sussex Crime mystery series – will be available from this Saturday, 30 June. As well, as this new novel, brand new editions of the first two books in the series haveContinue reading “Celebrating mysteries!”