Issue Details: First known date: 2012 2012
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'In 1922 Agatha Christie set sail on a 10-month voyage around the British Empire as part of a trade mission to promote the forthcoming British Empire Exhibition. Leaving their two-year-old daughter behind with Agatha′s sister, Agatha and her husband set sail at the end of January and did not return until December. She kept up a detailed weekly correspondence with her mother, describing in detail the exotic places and people she encountered as the mission travelled through South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, Hawaii and Canada.

'The extensive and previously unpublished letters are accompanied by hundreds of photos taken on her portable camera as well as some of the original letters, postcards, newspaper cuttings and memorabilia collected by Agatha on her trip.

'Edited and introduced by Agatha Christie′s grandson, Mathew Prichard, this unique travelogue reveals a new side to Agatha Christie, demonstrating how her appetite for exotic plots and locations for her books began with this eye-opening trip, which took place just after only her second novel had been published. The letters are full of tales of seasickness and sunburn, motor trips and surf boarding, and encounters with welcoming locals and overbearing Colonials.

'The Grand Tour is a book steeped in history, sure to fascinate anyone interested in the lost world of the 1920s. Coming from the pen of Britain′s biggest literary export and the world′s most widely translated author, it is also a fitting tribute to Agatha Christie and is sure to fascinate her legions of worldwide fans.' (From the publisher's website)

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

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      England,
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      United Kingdom (UK),
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      HarperCollins , 2012 .
      Extent: 376p.
      Description: illus., facsims, ports
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      • Introduced by Mathew Prichard.
      • Publication date: 20 April 2012 (hardback); 1 November 2012 (ebook).
      ISBN: 9780007460694 (ebk.), 9780007447688 (hbk.)

Works about this Work

Armchair Journey Bruce Elder , 2012 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 4-5 August 2012; (p. 5) The Saturday Age , 4 August 2012; (p. 5)

— Review of The Grand Tour : Letters and Photographs from the British Empire Expedition 1922 Agatha Christie 2012 selected work correspondence
Armchair Journey Bruce Elder , 2012 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 4-5 August 2012; (p. 5) The Saturday Age , 4 August 2012; (p. 5)

— Review of The Grand Tour : Letters and Photographs from the British Empire Expedition 1922 Agatha Christie 2012 selected work correspondence
Last amended 8 Aug 2012 10:28:04
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    South Africa,
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    Southern Africa, Africa,
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    Australia,
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    New Zealand,
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    Pacific Region,
  • Hawaii,
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    United States of America (USA),
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    Americas,
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    Canada,
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    Americas,
  • 1922
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