On Sale: November 20, 2012
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In 1922 Agatha Christie set sail on a ten-month voyage
around the world. Her husband, Archibald Christie, had been
invited to join a trade mission to promote the British
Empire Exhibition, and Christie was determined to go with
him. It was a life-changing decision for the young novelist,
a true voyage of discovery that would inspire her future
writing for years to come.
Placing her two-year-old daughter in the care of her sister,
Christie set sail at the end of January and did not return
home until December. Throughout her journey, she kept up a
detailed weekly correspondence with her mother, describing
the exotic places and the remarkable people she encountered
as the mission traveled through South Africa, Australia, New
Zealand, Hawaii, and Canada. Reproduced here for the first
time, the letters are full of tales of seasickness and
sunburn, motor trips and surfboarding, glamor and misery.
The Grand Tour also brings to life the places and people
Christie encountered through the photos she took on her
portable camera, as well as some of the original postcards,
newspaper cuttings, and memorabilia she collected on her trip.
Edited and introduced by Agatha Christie's grandson, Mathew
Prichard, and accompanied by reminiscences from her own
autobiography, this unique travelogue reveals a new
adventurous side to Agatha Christie, one that would
ultimately influence the stories that made her a household name.
Weekend Edition Sunday - December 2, 2012
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