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

Best-selling British crime writer Sophie Hannah to write new Agatha Christie novel

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We are VERY excited to share that a brand new, fully-authorised Poirot novel will be published worldwide in September 2014! Find out lots more information in the press release below…

Sophie Hannah to write new Christie novel featuring PoirotSophie Hannah to write new Christie novel featuring Poirot

Fully-authorised Poirot novel to be published worldwide in September 2014

The international bestselling crime writer, Sophie Hannah, is to write a new Agatha Christie novel, it is announced today (Wednesday 4 September) by publisher HarperCollins and Christie rights manager Acorn Productions Limited.

The new novel 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 first ever Agatha Christie continuation novel.

Mathew Prichard, Chairman of Agatha Christie Limited and grandson of Agatha Christie said:

‘It was pure serendipity that led to Sophie Hannah being commissioned to write this book. Her agent happened to approach HarperCollins in exactly the same week that my colleagues and I had started discussing a new Christie book. Her idea for a plot line was so compelling and her passion for my grandmother’s work so strong, that we felt that the time was right for a new Christie to be written.’

Sophie Hannah’s novel, which is yet to be titled, will be published in September 2014 by HarperCollins worldwide, 38 years after Agatha Christie’s last novel, Sleeping Murder, was published in 1976, and 39 years after the final Poirot, Curtain. Acorn Productions Limited is handling foreign rights.

Sophie Hannah is a leading writer of psychological crime fiction and is published in 24 countries. Her most recent novel, The Carrier, garnered glowing reviews, including The Guardian who said: ‘The genius of Hannah’s domestic thrillers – apart from the twistiest plots known to woman – is that she creates ordinary people whose psychological quirks make them as monstrous as any serial killer.’

Sophie Hannah comments:

‘Agatha Christie was the writer who made me fall in love with mystery fiction, at the age of 13. I read and collected all her novels within a year, and have been a passionately – some might even say obsessively – devoted fan ever since. It was Hercule Poirot and Miss Marple who, between them, made me want to devote my working life to crime fiction, and it was Christie’s brilliant plotting and deep understanding of the human psyche that shaped my identity as a crime writer. Therefore, it is almost impossible to put into words how honoured I am to have been entrusted with this amazing project – in fact, I still can’t quite believe that this is really happening! I hope to create a puzzle that will confound and frustrate the incomparable Hercule Poirot for at least a good few chapters.’

Hilary Strong, Managing Director of Acorn Productions Limited, which manages the rights to the Agatha Christie estate, added: ‘This book is an important initiative for Acorn and we are delighted to be working with a writer of Sophie’s calibre and with HarperCollins. The new novel is the first of a number of exciting initiatives we have planned to bring Christie’s work to new audiences worldwide.’

David Brawn, Publisher – Estates, HarperCollins, said: ‘Agatha Christie was – and still is – the world’s best-selling novelist. The stories she wrote and the characters she created have withstood the test of time and been successful on film, television, audio, stage, and online. But as we approach what would have been Agatha Christie’s 125th birthday, I am delighted beyond measure that Hercule Poirot will live again in the pages of a book, and take readers back to where it all started.’

It’s that time of year again…

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This week marks the return of the world famous annual Agatha Christie week. Every September, thousands of Christie fans flock to Torquay to enjoy numerous Christie inspired games, activities and events that take place in and around Devon to celebrate the Queen of Crimes birthday (15th September). Whether it is attending the Vintage Ball, playing some 1920’s pitch-and-putt or indulging in the splendour of the Agatha Christie Theatre Company’s new production of Murder on the Nile, there’s so many ways to get involved and celebrate Agatha’s legacy.

 

This year’s celebrations kicked off on Sunday the 9th September with the traditional Agatha Christie Fete on Torquay seafront, where stallholders dressed up in their 1920s and ‘30s best, with jazz bands, a Punch and Judy show, and fairground rides.

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