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Agatha Christie Lady Mallowan

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Agatha Mary Clarissa Miller15 September 1890 Torquay, Devon, England


12 January 1976 Winterbrook House, Winterbrook, Oxfordshire, England

Resting place

Church of St Mary, Cholsey, Oxfordshire, England

Pen name

Mary Westmacott


Novelist, short story writer, playwright, poet, memoirist


Murder mystery, thriller, crime fiction, detective, romance

Literary movement

Golden Age of Detective Fiction

Notable works

Creation of characters Hercule Poirot and Miss Marple,Murder on the Orient Express,The Murder of Roger Ackroyd,Death on the Nile,The Murder at the Vicarage,Partners In Crime,The A.B.C. Murders,And Then There Were None,The Mousetrap


  • Archibald Christie ( m.  1914; div.  1928)
    Sir Max Mallowan ( m.  1930)




James Watts



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Dame Agatha Mary Clarissa Christie, Lady Mallowan, DBE was an English writer. She is known for her 66 detective novels and 14 short story collections, particularly those revolving around her fictional detectives Hercule Poirot and Miss Marple. Christie also wrote the world's longest-running play, a murder mystery, The Mousetrap, and, under the pen name Mary Westmacott, six romances. In 1971 she was appointed a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire for her contribution to literature.

Christie was born into a wealthy upper-middle-class family in Torquay, Devon. Before marrying and starting a family in London, she had served in a Devon hospital during the First World War, tending to troops coming back from the trenches. She was initially an unsuccessful writer with six consecutive rejections, but this changed when The Mysterious Affair at Styles, featuring Hercule Poirot, was published in 1920. During the Second World War, she worked as a pharmacy assistant at University College Hospital, London, acquiring a good knowledge of poisons which feature in many of her novels.

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