Agatha: The Real Life of Agatha Christie by Anne Martinetti, Guillaume Lebeau, Alexandre Franc
Review by Lauren
source: copy for review; all opinions are my own
Official Summary: The life of Agatha Christie was as mysterious and eventful as her fiction. This beautifully illustrated graphic novel traces the life of the Queen of Whodunnit from her childhood in Torquay, England, through a career filled with success, mischief, and adventure, to her later years as Dame Agatha. Revealing a side to Christie that will surprise and delight many readers, Agatha introduces us to a free-spirited and thoroughly modern woman who, among other things, enjoyed flying, travel, and surfing. Centering around an episode in 1926 when Christie staged her own disappearance, Agatha is an intriguing, entertaining, and funny exploration of the 20th century’s best-loved crime novelist.
Review: This is a graphic novel biography of Agatha Christie, except it's not really a biography. I know, a bit confusing. But look at this way - it follows the true life of novelist Agatha Christie, but the authors obviously had to take license in order to create a graphic novel, where the whole story is told through dialogue and illustrations. One of the things that the authors included was the presence of some of Christie's greatest creations, particularly Hercule Poirot, the Belgian detective in many of her novels. Poirot is like a voice in Christie's head, except he's physically present in the illustrations.
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If you're at all interested in getting inside the life of Agatha Christie, I would suggest this graphic novel. It's a great place to start your learning!