Chapter Nine : Agatha Christie single work   biography  
Issue Details: First known date: 2009 2009
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'There were hundreds of corpses in Agatha Christie's life - corpses bloated with poison, gory with blood, bodies pushed under passing cars, riddled with bullets, or shoved off cliffs, corpses injected with overdoses, strangled and smothered. How they met their gruesome ends and who killed them would reach Australia via the pages of her eighty-three detective novels, and would be as popular with Australians as they were with everyone else around the world. Indeed, those corpses would make Agatha Christie the best-loved novelist the world has ever known.'

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  • Includes photographic portrait of Agatha Christie.

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    y Brief Encounters : Literary Travellers in Australia 1836-1939 Susannah Fullerton , Sydney : Pan Macmillan Australia , 2009 Z1592655 2009 selected work biography travel

    'Throughout the 19th and early 20th centuries, countless distinguished writers made the long and arduous voyage across the seas to Australia. They came to give lecture tours and make money, to sort out difficult children sent here to be out of the way; for health, for science, to escape demanding spouses back home, or simply to satisfy a sense of adventure.

    In 1890, for example, Robert Louis Stevenson and his wife Fanny arrived at Circular Quay after a dramatic sea voyage only to be refused entry at the Victoria, one of Sydney's most elegant hotels. Stevenson threw a tantrum, but was forced to go to a cheaper, less fussy establishment. Next day, the Victoria's manager, recognising the famous author from a picture in the paper, rushed to find Stevenson and beg him to return. He did not.

    In Brief Encounters, renowned author and speaker Susannah Fullerton examines a diverse array of writers including Charles Darwin, Rudyard Kipling, Stevenson, Anthony Trollope, Mark Twain, Arthur Conan Doyle, DH Lawrence, Joseph Conrad, HG Wells, Agatha Christie and Jack London to discover what they did when they got here, what their opinion was of Australia and Australians, how the public and media reacted to them, and how their future works were shaped or influenced by this country.' (Publisher's website)

    Sydney : Pan Macmillan Australia , 2009
    pg. 270-299
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