Although she is the most popular novelist in history, with over two billion books sold worldwide, Agatha Christie lived a life shrouded in secrecy and fueled by curiosity. Nearly as notorious for her aversion to the press as she was for her 80 books and collections of short stories, Christie made no secret of her need for privacy. Utilizing over 5 ...Read MoreAlthough she is the most popular novelist in history, with over two billion books sold worldwide, Agatha Christie lived a life shrouded in secrecy and fueled by curiosity. Nearly as notorious for her aversion to the press as she was for her 80 books and collections of short stories, Christie made no secret of her need for privacy. Utilizing over 5,000 previously unpublished letters, notes, and documents, award-winning biographer Richard Hack allows Christie to write again, 33 years after her death. Duchess of Death is her story, as full of romance, travel, wealth, and scandal as any mystery Christie ever crafted, and revealed in a style equal to her most famous detective, Hercule Poirot.Read Less
Richard Hack?s Duchess of Death is a tantalizing biography of the very extraordinary woman and life of Agatha Christie. Skillfully written and exhaustively researched I could not put it down. Quotes from the various media reviews that came out following the release of each new AC book or play or film whether one agrees or disagrees was the most thrilling for me and are found throughout Hack?s book. Although AC didn?t give a tuppence for reviews she did justly mind about the gross distortion of story lines and her characters depicted in the film productions that came out over the years and are still coming down to us in my opine. The loss of control and legal rights obviously broke her heart which is evidenced by the disdainful remarks made by AC which are also cited in Richard Hack?s bio and these are fascinating. This unofficial biography is packed with details about AC?s life, her family, her marriages, her associates, her travels not commonly known. Especially appreciated was the plausible yet no wishy-washy handling of AC?s 11 day disappearance. The proverbial saying "Genius is one per cent inspiration, ninety-nine per cent perspiration" albeit not underlined in bold by Richard Hack is witnessed in the turning of every page of his brilliantly written unofficial biography of the Duchess of Death.
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