Agatha: The Real Life of Agatha Christie by Anne Martinetti, Guillaume Lebeau and Alexandre Franc
Publication: May 10th 2016 by SelfMadeHero
Format: Paperback Pages: 119
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, Agathaintroduces 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. – Goodreads.
Agatha Christie has always been one of my favourite crime writers, so I was pretty chuffed when SelfMadeHero sent me a graphic novel version of her biography. Before reading this novel, I didn’t have a clue about Christie’s life; I had just read and enjoyed her stories.
I’m not usually a fan of biographies because they tend to be chunky, full of a lot of info I’m not interested in (so I skim a lot) and most of the time, I just find them boring. Agatha: The Real Life of Agatha Christie was different.
The graphic novel simply gives illustrated snapshots (with dialogue) of some of the main and most interesting aspects of Christie’s life. The illustrations were SO good! I was impressed by the fact that the entire novel was in colour (and the paper quality was great too, yeah I notice these things).
The novel jumps from one year to another within a page or two shifting you from London to Iraq to Milan, and so on. The format made the novel quick and easy to read, and I feel like I’ve got a decent idea of what Christie’s life was like.
Let’s just say her life was fascinating. Christie was anything but your stereotypical hermit writer. She travelled widely, surfed, became an archaeologist and experienced some bumpy moments in her marital life; one particular bump led to a divorce and her disappearance in 1926. One of Christie’s most famous characters, Hercule Poirot, has a continuous presence throughout the novel, which I loved. You get funny scenes of dialogue between the writer and her character that reveal how Poirot became the bane of her existence as her stories increased in fame.
If you’re a fan of Christie and want a fun overview of her life, I’d highly recommend Agatha: The Real Life of Agatha Christie.