Great article from the Great British Book Club: 14 Things You Might Not Know About Dame Agatha Christie.
Some of these caught me by surprise.
- Her first novel, The Mysterious Affair at Styles, was rejected by six publishers before she found someone who wanted it. Also, this is a Hercule Poirot story, so this means she created one of the most enduring figures in literature right out of the gate in her first novel. Amazing.
- She is a surfing legend. Didn't see that one coming.
- Information about thallium poisoning in her novel The Pale Horse helped Scotland Yard catch a serial killer and a nurse save a poisoned baby's life
- She wrote romance novels under the pen name Mary Westmacott. Where did she find the time? Under her own name, she wrote 66 novels, 14 short story collections, in addition to several plays, including The Mousetrap, the longest-running play in history. On top of all that, according to the article, she also wrote a screenplay adaptation of Charles Dickens's Bleak House, one of her favorite novels, for MGM, which sadly was never filmed.
Do check out the article. In addition to being one of our greatest writers, Christie lived an amazing life beyond her stories.