Agatha Christie Festival Internacional & Britain by Beach

It was wonderful to spend some time at the Agatha Christie Festival Internacional in Puerto de la Cruz, Tenerife, earlier this month. Everyone was so welcoming and I was thrilled to be part of several events, including a fun book club at the English Library. I hope to go back in 2023!

While I was away Channel 4 started to broadcast the new series Britain by Beach. I pop up in the first episode discussing Christie’s connections with Burgh Island. It was great to pay the hotel a visit.

Agatha Christie Festival Internacional in Tenerife

Tomorrow is the first day of the Agatha Christie Festival Internacional in Puerto de la Cruz, Tenerife. I’m really looking forward to flying out on Saturday, as I’ll be giving a couple of talks and taking part in a book club conversation. You can find more information here, and details of my first talk below – hope to see some Christie fans there!

International Agatha Christie Festival 2021 – Tickets on sale now!

Just a quick note to say that tickets for the International Agatha Christie Festival (taking place in Torquay during September) are now on sale and selling out quickly! I am speaking on Monday 13 Sept and will also be hosting talks with Brian Eastman (producer of the David Suchet Poirot series) and Guy Slater (producer of the Joan Hickson Miss Marple series) on the 11th and 18th.

Tickets available here – hope to see some of you there!

Golden Age of Crime/Investigating Agatha Christie conference – online and free!

I’m looking forward to speaking at this conference among such great company! It was an honour to be asked. It takes place online on the weekend of 27-28 July. I’m speaking on the second day, and because the timing is between projects for me I am finally doing the talk about the process of writing about Agatha Christie (rather than the results) that I’ve nearly done for years but always chickened out of.

You can register (for free) here.

Agatha Christie Festivals 2021

I’m really excited to say that I’ll be a part of not one but TWO Agatha Christie Festivals this year!

Firstly there is the brilliant International Agatha Christie Festival in Torquay in September. I’ll be giving a talk about my Poirot research as well as interviewing ITV Poirot producer Brian Eastman and BBC Miss Marple producer Guy Slater. Can’t wait! See the website for full details of the events, running 11-18 September. There are loads of exciting things happening, and some amazing guests and speakers. I can’t wait to attend.

Then, in November, I’m excited to take part in Tenerife’s Agatha Christie Festival Internacional. They’ll be announcing full details soon, but other speakers include Andrew Wilson and John Curran, so it should be a lot of fun!

Agatha Christie’s Poirot… in North America

North American fans of Poirot and Agatha Christie may have noticed that my book isn’t out there yet (although it seems to be periodically available via Kindle and Audible), and was delayed from its initial publication date. I’m very pleased to say that the hardback will now be coming out in April, and the copies are already printed and finding their way across the Atlantic! You can find the page here, or (of course) you can order from your local book store – always the best option if you can! (At the moment only has an old, incorrect listing for the hardback – hopefully that will be fixed soon.)

Agatha Christie’s Poirot: Errata

Although it would be lovely to write a book free from errors of any kind, unfortunately they do creep in when writing about a topic that covers more than a century and draws on hundreds (if not thousands) of sources. I believe in being transparent about corrections, and so here are mine for Agatha Christie’s Poirot! I have not included minor issues such as a few words missing their italicisation, some misplaced punctuation, and a few sentences that have been tweaked for clarity or tidiness.

Some of these have already been corrected for the second or third printings. Others will be fixed for any subsequent printings, including the paperback.

p.45: ‘quite be’ should be ‘be quite’ in the quote

p.82: The summary is misleading as it makes it sound like Poirot was not at the first poisoning but was at the second, when it is the other way round

p.110 & 390: ‘The Second Gong’ was actually first published in Ladies’ Home Journal in the US. The publication in The Strand was a month later (and was its UK debut).

p.140: Simeon Lee is locked inside his ‘room’ not study (which we learn is a separate space)

p.208: ‘be’ should not be in the quote ‘part of the mind to be concentrate’

p.216: ‘Italian proprietor’ should be ‘Cypriot proprietor’

p.274: ‘possibly consider if any of them…’ should say ‘possibly ask if any of them…’ in the quote

p.278: For clarity, ‘just as in the last Poirot book’ should probably read ‘just as in the previous Poirot book’

p.385: ‘increased to commission’ should be ‘increased the commission’

p.410: Helen Baxendale played Elizabeth Cole, not Judith Hastings

Various: ‘Arbuthnott’ should be ‘Arbuthnot’

Also, I didn’t write the captions but there are a few corrections for them as well:

p.91: The Tom Adams cover for Death in the Clouds predates 1974 – possibly 1971

p.189: Caption should say the cover is by Ian Robinson (not Tom Adams) and apparently it is from 1966

p.319: This is arguable, but some may consider that there were four covers for this Curtain paperback, not three, although it is possible/likely that one of these was only used for the (quickly produced) second printing

p.375: Caption should say the photo is from Peril at End House, not ‘The Cornish Mystery’

Thanks to Peter Sheeran, Sven Pehla, Tony Medawar, Kate Jackson and David Morris for first spotting some of these errors.