Agatha Christie was born on 15 September 1890 in Torquay and lived for many years in Devon. She was an extremely popular British author and playwright, best known for her work in the murder mystery genre and a number of her novels have also been created into television programmes and films. She has sold over two billion books worldwide which have been translated into over 45 languages.
A number of Christie’s novels have been inspired by various locations throughout Devon where she spent her childhood, youth and later life. It became the setting for no less than 15 of her novels. Popular spots she liked to visit include the Princess Pier, Meadfoot Beach, Beacon Cove, plus she enjoyed attending numerous balls at Oldway Mansion in Paignton and the Imperial Hotel in Torquay, where Miss Marple unravels the mystery on the terrace in the concluding novel to her Marple series, Sleeping Murder.
Agatha Christie loved to escape to her family’s holiday home, Greenway, which is situated on the River Dart near Brixham. This became the literal inspiration for her novels, Dead Man’s Folly and Five Little Pigs.
As a girl Christie thought it was ‘the most beautiful place in the world’. Today it still remains a wonderful property and is now owned by the National Trust, which, following the launch of an appeal to raise £5.4 million to help pay for restoration work, opened to the general public in 2009.
For further details about Greenway, please visit http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/greenway
Agatha Christie Experience
Events are planned all year round so don't worry if you can't make it to the festival in September. Take a trip to Greenway, take a tour of the Agatha Christie Gallery at Torquay Museum or stroll along the Agatha Christie Mile in Torquay.