Celebrate World Book Night with Agatha Christie

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World Book Night 2014 is officially celebrated today, with a call for the public to inspire more people fall in love with reading. 12,500 copies of 20 specially printed World Book Night titles, totaling 250,000 books, will be given by a network of volunteer reading enthusiasts and institutions.094209-FC3D

Very excitingly, After the Funeral, one of Agatha Christie’s bestselling novels, has been selected as one the 20 WBN titles in the UK, Ireland and the US.

The WBN edition of After the Funeral features an exclusive introduction by Sophie Hannah, bestselling crime writer and author of the new Hercule Poirot mystery publishing in the September 2014.

In the introduction Sophie writes: ‘For me, as a psychological thriller writer, Agatha Christie is and will always be the gold standard – a lifelong inspiration whose every inventive tale demonstrates exactly how it should be done. It was Christie who made me fall in love with mystery stories at the age of twelve and, rereading her work now, at the age of 42, I still believe that she cranks up the excitement and the intellectual puzzlement like no other’.The WBN edition of After the Funeral  features an exclusive introduction by Sophie Hannah, bestselling crime writer and author of the new Hercule Poirot mystery publishing in the September 2014.Very excitingly, After the Funeral, one of Agatha Christie’s bestselling novels, has been selected as one the 20 WBN titles in the UK, Ireland and the US.AFTER_THE_FUNERAL

Listen to Sophie Hannah talking about ‘After the Funeral’ and her fascination for non-transferable motifs in this exclusive video:

Visit the World Book Night website to find out more about how to take part in the event. The 20 World Book Night 2014 titles are ordered randomly to inspire you every time you come back to this page:  http://www.worldbooknight.org/books/2014-book-list

Gorgeous new covers for Agatha Christie’s bestselling mysteries

Category: News

Some of the best Agatha Christie murder mysteries have been released today with a striking new cover design. Following the stunning new cover interpretations of Murder on The Orient Express, The Mysterious Affair at Styles and Curtain, these gorgeous new jackets will be a great addition to your Christie library.

Which one is your favourite? Leave us a comment to enter the prize draw to win a full set!


Cat Among the Pigeons

cat among pigeons

Unpleasant things are going on in an exclusive school for girls – things like murder… Late one night, two teachers investigate a mysterious flashing light in the sports pavilion and they stumble upon the body of the unpopular games mistress. Schoolgirl Julia Upjohn knows too much and without Hercule Poirot’s help she could be the next victim.

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The Labours of Hercules

the labours of hercules

In appearance Hercule Poirot hardly resembled an ancient Greek hero. Yet – reasoned the detective – like Hercules he had been responsible for ridding society of some of its most unpleasant monsters. So, in the period leading up to his retirement, he made up his mind to accept just twelve more cases: his self-imposed ‘Labours’. Each would go down in the annals of crime as a heroic feat of deduction.

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Death on the Nile

Death on the Nile

The tranquillity of a cruise along the Nile is shattered by the discovery that Linnet Ridgeway has been shot through the head. She was young, stylish and beautiful, a girl who had everything – until she lost her life.  However, in this exotic setting nothing is ever quite what it seems…

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Evil Under the Sun

evil under the sun

It was not unusual to find the beautiful bronzed body of the sun-loving Arlena Stuart stretched out on a beach, face down. Only, on this occasion, there was no sun… she had been strangled. Ever since Arlena’s arrival at the resort, Hercule Poirot had detected sexual tension in the seaside air. But could this apparent ‘crime of passion’ have been something more evil and premeditated altogether?

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Dead Man’s Folly

dead mans folly

Sir George and Lady Stubbs, the hosts of a village fête, hit upon the novel idea of staging a mock murder mystery. Despite weeks of meticulous planning, Ariadne, the crime writer who was in charge of organising the murder hunt, calls her friend Hercule Poirot for his expert assistance. Instinctively, she senses that something sinister is about to happen…

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Mrs McGinty’s Dead

mrs mcgintys dead

The old children’s game now seemed rather tasteless. The real Mrs McGinty was killed by a crushing blow to the back of the head and her pitifully small savings were stolen. Suspicion falls immediately on her lodger, hard up and out of a job. Hercule Poirot has other ideas – unaware that his own life is now in great danger…

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*Terms and Conditions apply. This competition is promoted by HarperCollins Publishers (“HarperCollins”), 77-85 Fulham Palace Road, London, W6 8JB. Closing date for entries is April 13th 2014 at 24:00 GMT. The winner of the competition will be selected at random from all entries and notified on this site no later than April 20th 2014.

Agatha Christie Festival 2013

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Last month Laura, our Agatha Christie Brand Manager, expert and all-round Christie fan, attended the Agatha Christie Festival! Here’s Laura’s roundup of what took place…

The international bestselling crime writer, Sophie Hannah, who is to write a new Agatha Christie novel, appeared at the famous Agatha Christie Festival this year.

Discussing Christie’s legacy and the new project with Sophie were Mathew Prichard (Agatha Christie’s grandson), David Brawn (HarperCollins) and John Curran (author Agatha Christie’s Secret Notebooks).

Sophie Hannah and Mathew Pritchard at the Agatha Christie Festival

The panel discussed extensively the new novel which will feature Hercule Poirot, the Belgian detective who Agatha Christie introduced to the world in her first book, The Mysterious Affair at Styles, published in 1920. Written with the full backing of the family, this is going to be the first ever Agatha Christie continuation novel.

The panel explained the reasons behind the decision to authorise a new novel and Sophie Hannah gave a few tantalising hints into the setting and the characters within the new mystery which will be published in September 2014.

Mathew spoke about the importance of creating a new publishing event to bring Agatha Christie to a new generation of readers. The theatre adaptation of The Mousetrap is for him a continuous reminder of his grandmother’s legacy, but when 2 years ago he found out that David Suchet was going to film the last four Poirot movies he felt it was the end of an era. This gave him the idea to find other avenues to keep Agatha Christie’s content relevant to new fans.

Simon Brett Kate Moss and David Brawn discussing Christie legacy

A different panel with Simon Brett, Kate Moss and David Brawn focused on Agatha Christie’s legacy on contemporary crime writers and authors in general. Kate Moss defined Agatha ‘the very first author that was mine’. And Simon Brett, talking about Sophie Hannah’s new Poirot said: ‘I envy her, but I can’t think of anyone who could do it better’.

– Laura, HarperFiction