AGATHA CHRISTIE IN EGYPT

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Many people would be amazed to learn that Agatha Christie - the 'Queen of Crime' - was also one of the world's keenest and most informed women in the field of archaeology in her time, not only carrying out restoration, conservation and labelling, but also acquiring along the way the skill of 'field' archaeological photography.

Agatha Christie's Death on the Nile is probably her most well known 'Egyptian' book, but the same Agatha Christie also wrote a historical murder mystery set in Ancient Egypt - a novel, 'Death Comes As The End', which was highly acclaimed - and an account of her travels on various archaeological digs.

Death On The Nile - BBC Radio Dramatisation - Audio CD (BBC Audiobooks,  2006)

The young Agatha Christie had been constantly by 'The Illustrated London News' reports of great archaeological discoveries in Egypt. Her first tip to Egypt almost went to waste - being merely a way of passing her first 'Society season' - although, having absorbed even a little of the atmosphere, she was inspired to write a short story set in Egypt, but this only had a hint of 'place', unlike her later work.

But her interest in Egypt and her skill in archaeology didn't take off until she married Max, an archaeologist. Thus began 30 years of travelling in Egypt and the Middle East on archaeological excavations. As 'Agatha Christie Mallowan' she returned to Egypt twice more before war broke out. Like most other visitors to Egypt in the 1930s she stayed in Luxor - where the tomb of Tutankhamun was still being excavated - and travelled up the Nile by steamer. A great sense of place informs all of her writing. She wrote her detective novels on location - in a short story 'Death on the Nile' (which she later developed into one of her most successful books) the actual layout of the Nile steamer SS Karnak was crucial to the plot.

Agatha Christie wrote in other different genres too - Why Didn't They Ask Evans? is a comic mystery, N or M? is an espionage thriller, The Mousetrap is a play - and poetry.

Agatha Christie's writing was, at times, controversial. The unorthodox resolution of The Murder Of Roger Ackroyd shocked society. Her romances she wrote under a pseudonym, as Mary Westmacott.

Agatha Christie's inspirational travels to Egypt - combined with her dedication to careful research - make her novels feel very real, whether the story is set in Ancient Egypt or Egypt as the author knew it in the Thirties.

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AGATHA CHRISTIE:  AUTOBIOGRAPHY, new edition WITH AUDIO CD of the author's own voice dictating her autobiography NEW EDITION: 6 Jan 2011 AGATHA CHRISTIE: AUTOBIOGRAPHY - WITH AUDIO CD by Agatha Christie (HarperCollins, 2011)

This book promises to be a real treat! All 544 pages of this book are - as you would expect of a master story teller - full of wonderful anecdotes and perfectly chosen details, for an easy, enjoyable read! But in 2008, Agatha Christie‚Äôs grandson was clearing her old house, before it opened to the public, and discovered a box of old tape reels — the recordings of Agatha dictating her Autobiography for her typist — an amazingly rare example of Agatha's voice. Listening to highlights from the tapes on the enclosed CD, we hear the reclusive Agatha telling her own story in a lively, spontaneous and often conspiratorial way! What a bonus!

Born at the end of the Victorian era, Agatha Christie grew up happily, in a comfortable household filled with servants, in a rapidly changing society. She writes enagingly of her childhood, the time she spent caring for wounded soldiers and her first, unhappy marriage - followed by her time as a single mother, before becoming a writer and marrying the archaeologist who would make her so happy. Agatha writes of their travels to Egypt, Syria and other Middle Eastern countries.

She also reveals how she created some of her characters and plots, including The Mousetrap. It's interesting to see how events and people in her life enriched her novels, although certain racist attitudes (commonly 'acceptable' in her youth) were sadly still apparent when she wrote this book. She does not discuss her famous 11-day "disappearance" in 1926.

This edition includes and introductio by Mathew Prichard, the grandson who discovered the tapes.

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Death Comes As The End by Agatha Christie, Narrated by Emilia Fox DEATH COMES AS THE END by Agatha Christie, Narrated by Emilia Fox

A historical murder mystery by Agatha Christie - that's quite a surprise!

It is Egypt, 2000 BC. The broken, twisted body of Nofret, concubine to a Ka-priest is found at the foot of a cliff. Young, beautiful and venomous - people are saying that Nofret deserved to die like a snake. But was this death was just 'fate'? Renisenb fears a source of evil must lurk within household of her own father, the priest.

Death Comes as the End is based on a series of letters discovered in a tomb at Thebes in 1921 - letters written by an ancient Egyptian priest to his family. Agatha Christie's imagined web of intrigue brought the ancient characters vividly to life, and produced a book - full of anger, jealousy, betrayal and murder - that both appealed to her usual public and won the praise of Egyptologists.


AGATHA CHRISTIE: AUTOBIOGRAPHY / BIOGRAPHY

Agatha Christie - An archaeological memoir COME, TELL ME HOW YOU LIVE: AN ARCHAEOLOGICAL MEMOIR by Agatha Christie Mallowan

Life as part of a team of excavators in a harsh physical environment and an unfamiliar social environment could easily become a daily struggle. When Agatha Christie's friends asked what her unusual life was like, she replied by writing this memoir of her travels to Syria and Iraq in the 1930s. Her narrative is frank, and at times hilarious, conveying the sense of fun of the Arab people with whom they shared their daily lives. She doesn't lecture - just gives enough archeological information to transport us to the middle east and see for ourselves how archaeologists worked on a pre-war archeological excavation.

Introduction by Jacquetta Hawkes.

THE LIFE OF MAX MALLOWAN: ARCHAEOLOGY AND AGATHA CHRISTIE by Henrietta McCall (British Museum Press, 2001)

The archaeologist Mallowan was always accompanied by his wife Agatha Christie, whose work on her current book was frequently interrupted by the demands of her role as site photographer, registrar of finds and repairer of pottery, as well as medical adviser and cook. She was fascinated by his work, and the marriage was a happy one. Perhaps Mallowan - a master of the false trail and the misleading clue - inspired Agatha to create the character Hercule Poirot . . .

Henrietta McCall is an Egyptologist. She also contributed to the exhibition catalogue for the British Museum exhibition: "Agatha Christie in the Orient" (see box).

Exhibition, 2001/2002:

AGATHA CHRISTIE IN THE ORIENT

As well as many archaeological exhibits, the exhibition reconstructed an Orient-Express restaurant car, a first class sleeper compartment (complete with Louis Vuitton luggage and an original suitcase belonging to Agatha Christie), the film stage for a scene from the 1974 film 'Murder on the Orient Express' (with Albert Finney as Poirot), a 1930's British archaeological team's work room.

Other exhibits included a copy of the golden dagger and lapis lazuli found in Ur which she featured in 'Murder in Mesopotamia', and the costumes and preparatory watercolors for the first Ustinov film of Death on the Nile.

There was also a montage of the two films shot by Agatha Christie on excavation sites and color photographs and black and white photographs taken by the writer on the excavations.

TELEVISION ADAPTATIONS OF AGATHA CHRISTIE'S 'EGYPT' STORIES

THE ADVENTURE OF THE EGYPTIAN TOMB by Agatha Christie

The "Agatha Christie's Poirot" TV series, starring David Suchet, featured one epsiode set in Egypt - "The Adventure Of The Egyptian Tomb" (the first epsiode in Season 5).
The entire BBC TV series is now available as "The Complete Collection" (24 Disc Box Set) - or the Egyptian Tomb episode is available separately, or as part of the Season 5 set:

THE ADVENTURE OF THE EGYPTIAN TOMB (Season 5, Episode 1) Region 2 DVD, single disc

on Amazon: The Adventure Of The Egyptian Tomb

"AGATHA CHRISTIE'S POIROT" - from the ITV television series

"Agatha Christie's Poirot: The Complete Collection" (DVD - 24 Disc Box Set)

"Agatha Christie's Poirot: The Fifth Series" (Region 2 DVD, single disc)


Death On The Nile - BBC Radio Dramatisation - Audio CD (BBC Audiobooks,  2006) MANY INTERPRETATIONS OF A CLASSIC NOVEL:

Death on the Nile



Death on the Nile is now a classic - with many interpretations, from feature film to e-book! There is even an 'Agatha Christie Murder Mystery Puzzle - Death On The Nile'

Below, we describe audio, film, TV, radio, graphic novel and ebook formats!

DEATH ON THE NILE (the novel) by Agatha Christie

Why is Jacqueline apparently stalking Simon and Linnet on their honeymoon? Can a river cruise aboard the 'Karnak' Nile steamer solve their problems? The odd little Belgian man, Hercule Poirot, brings an unexpectedly clear perspective to the troubled scene, explaining:
"In the course of an excavation, when something comes up out of the ground, everything is cleared away very carefully all around it . . . That is what I have been seeking to do - clear away the extraneous matter so that we can see the truth - the naked shining truth."

'Death On The Nile' was first published in 1937 by William Collins Sons & Co. in London, and in 1938 by Dodd, Mead & Co. in New York. It was serialised in the USA Saturday Evening Post (illustrated by Henry Raleigh) during 1937 and has taken many disguises since - as a stage play (under two pseudonyms), an interactive game, a murder party game, a graphic novel and as films and TV / radio programmes. Agatha Christie adapted 'Death On The Nile' for the stage in 1946 as 'Murder On The Nile'. It was also performed under the title 'Hidden Horizon'.

NOVEL (BOOK) FORMATS: 'Death On The Nile'

"Death on the Nile" is available as:
Early edition, 1937
Paperback book
Hardcover book

AUDIO BOOK FORMATS of "Death on the Nile"

Unabridged Audio CD
Unabridged Audio Cassette

STAGE PLAY of "Death on the Nile"

Murder on the Nile was also adapted into a play in three acts, and published by French (French's Acting Edition).

PLAY: EARLY EDITION (1948)

Also see other stage plays by Agatha Christie

RADIO DRAMA of "Death on the Nile"

'DEATH ON THE NILE' - AUDIO CD (BBC Audiobooks, 2006)

John Moffatt stars as the famous Belgian detective in this BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisation.

FEATURE FILM of "Death on the Nile"

Agatha Christie's Death On The Nile - DVD 1978 - PETER USTINOV AS POIROT: 'Agatha Christie's Death On The Nile' (now on DVD)

The 1978 feature film version of 'Agatha Christie's Death On The Nile' starred Peter Ustinov (the first of six appearances as Poirot) with a star studded cast including Bette Davis and David Niven. The film's footage of Luxor, Aswan and Abu Simbel is spectacular!

The same PETER USTINOV film is available as a box set - together with 3 other vintage Poirot stories:

Agatha Christie's Death On The Nile - DVD 4 disc box set THE AGATHA CHRISTIE COLLECTION - 4 DISC BOX SET 468 min (Region 2 DVD, 2006, Widescreen)

Films featured:

  • "Murder On The Orient Express"
  • "Death On The Nile"
  • "Evil Under The Sun"
  • "The Mirror Crack'd"

The DVD also includes two 'mini-features': The Making of 'Death on the Nile' and 'The Making of 'Evil Under The Sun'

DVD 'Agatha Christie's Death On The Nile' - new release 2008 NEW RELEASE on DVD: 'Agatha Christie's Death On The Nile' Region 2 DVD, 1 disc (2008)

Released at the start of 2008, this is billed as 'a deluxe version' of Agatha Christie's favourite mystery story.

TELEVISION PRODUCTION of "Death on the Nile"

1989 TV - DAVID SUCHET AS POIROT: 'Agatha Christie's Poirot - Death On The Nile' (97 mins, DVD, 2004)

GRAPHIC NOVEL of "Death on the Nile"

FULL-COLOUR GRAPHIC NOVEL: DEATH ON THE NILE (AGATHA CHRISTIE COMIC STRIP)
illustrated by Solidor (HarperCollins, 2007)
The exotic murder mystery, adapted into a lavish full-colour comic book. Now words and pictures combine in an exciting new way of telling Agatha Christie's famous story - a full-colour graphic novel.

GAMES BASED ON AGATHA CHRISTIE BOOKS

INTERACTIVE / PARTY GAMES

Murder Mystery Party Game - Murder at the Pyramids "MURDER MYSTERY PARTY GAME - MURDER AT THE PYRAMIDS" (8 players. Age: over 18 only)

Turn a party into a murder mystery! Includes music CD and DVD of clues

POIROT MURDER MYSTERY PARTY GAMES

Agatha Christie's Death On The Nile - DVD 'AGATHA CHRISTIE MURDER MYSTERY PUZZLE - DEATH ON THE NILE' - A Paul Lamond Game

A 1000 piece jigsaw and a short story. The assembled the jigsaw contains all the clues you need - you just have to spot them!

THE EGYPTIAN STAGE PLAYS OF AGATHA CHRISTIE

STAGE PLAYS

MURDER ON THE NILE by Agatha Christie

AGATHA CHRISTIE PLAYS at Amazon








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