"Many friends have said to me, ‘I never know when you write your books, because I’ve never seen you writing, or even seen you go away to write.’ I must behave rather as dogs do when they retire with a bone; they depart in a secretive manner and you do not see them again for an odd half hour. They return self-consciously with mud on their noses. I do much the same."
Literary Birthday - 15 September
Happy Birthday, Agatha Christie, born 15 September 1890, died 12 January 1976
15 Agatha Christie Quotes
- Very few of us are what we seem.
- There was a moment when I changed from an amateur to a professional. I assumed the burden of a profession, which is to write even when you don’t want to, don’t much like what you’re writing, and aren’t writing particularly well.
- Imagination is a good servant, and a bad master.
- Crime is terribly revealing. Try and vary your methods as you will, your tastes, your habits, your attitude of mind, and your soul is revealed by your actions.
- I specialize in murders of quiet, domestic interest.
- I like living. I have sometimes been wildly, despairingly, acutely miserable, racked with sorrow, but through it all I still know quite certainly that just to be alive is a grand thing.
- The best time to plan a book is while you’re doing the dishes.
- I’ve always believed in writing without a collaborator, because where two people are writing the same book, each believes he gets all the worry and only half the royalties.
- An archaeologist is the best husband a woman can have. The older she gets the more interested he is in her.
- Where large sums of money are concerned, it is advisable to trust nobody.
- A mother’s love for her child is like nothing else in the world. It knows no law, no pity. It dares all things and crushes down remorselessly all that stands in its path.
- Every murderer is probably somebody’s old friend.
- I don’t think necessity is the mother of invention — invention, in my opinion, arises directly from idleness, possibly also from laziness. To save oneself trouble.
- One is left with the horrible feeling now that war settles nothing; that to win a war is as disastrous as to lose one.
- An appreciative listener is always stimulating.
Christie was a British crime writer of novels, short stories, and plays. She is best remembered for her 66 detective novels featuring Hercule Poirot and Miss Marple. Christie is the best-selling novelist of all time. Her novels have sold roughly four billion copies. The other 10 best-selling authors are featured here.
Read Analysing Agatha – How to become the best-selling novelist of all time, by Amanda Patterson. Agatha Christie wrote in her library at Greenway House.
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by Amanda Patterson for Writers Write
Why People Read Detective Novels
What kind of people read detective stories and why?
by Agatha Christie, the world’s best-selling novelist of all time.
Invariably, I think, the busy people, the workers of the world. Highly placed men in the scientific world, even if they read nothing else, seem to have time for a detective story; perhaps because a detective story is complete relaxation, an escape from the realism of everyday life.
It has, too, the tonic value of a puzzle – a challenge to the ingenuity. It sharpens your wits – makes you mentally alert. To follow a detective story closely you need concentration. To spot the criminal needs acumen and good reasoning powers.
It has also a sporting interest and is much less expensive than betting on horses or gambling at cards. Its ethical background is usually sound. Very, very rarely is the criminal the hero of the book. Society unites to hunt him down, and the reader can have all the fun of the chase without moving from a comfortable armchair.
Read the rest of the essay from The Guardian here
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Today is the anniversary of the birthday of the world’s best-selling novelist of all time.
Happy Birthday, Agatha Christie!
Very few of us are what we seem. ~Agatha Christie
Dame Agatha Mary Clarissa Christie (born 15 September 1890, died 12 January 1976) was a British crime writer of novels, short stories, and plays. She is best remembered for her 66 detective novels featuring characters like Hercule Poirot and Miss Marple
According to the Guinness Book of World Records, Christie is the best-selling novelist of all time. Her novels have sold roughly four billion copies. The other 10 best-selling authors are featured here.