The Enid Blyton Society

Agatha Christie

Which other authors do you enjoy? Discuss them here.

Re: Agatha Christie

Postby pete9012S » 06 Jan 2012, 17:52

Eddie Muir wrote:
pete9012S wrote: Eddie, where did you purchase yours-the shops (garage/newagents)I tried today didnt have it in stock? :(


I bought mine in W.H. Smith's in Crawley, Pete. The had a whole stand full of them. :D

Aha! great tip-that is where I shall go tomorrow,many thanks Eddie.

Moonraker wrote:How silly to start with The Murder of Roger Ackroyd. Why not start with the first book, The Mysterious Affair at Styles, where we are introduced to Hercule Poirot?


I agree, Nigel. It would have made more sense to start with The Mysterious Affair at Styles, but I suppose the publisher thought that The Murder of Roger Ackroyd being a better known book was likely to sell in greater numbers.



Yes,that was my conclusion also.They want to draw us in and get us emotionaly committed to Agathas works as soon as possible! :D

ps,Will this literary extravaganza save Chorion-or even help improve their cause??
"Big bad one!"she cried."You burn breakfast again! Again,again! I bang you with saucepan, big bad one. Come, Alfredo, come!"

Click HERE to subscribe to the stupendous Enid Blyton Society Journal

Succinct Mumbler
User avatar
pete9012S
 
Posts: 4859
Joined: 24 Jan 2010, 15:32
Location: SL8 5PS
Favourite book/series: Five On A Treasure Island
Favourite character: The Indefatigable Frederick Algernon Trotteville

Re: Agatha Christie

Postby Moonraker » 07 Jan 2012, 12:36

Katharine wrote:I've just realised that Ten Little Indians probably isn't a very acceptable title either. Was it changed to 'And Then There Were None' or something similar?


I emailed the publishers about this very same point. I was told that although being marketed as facsimiles of originals, there was no place in society for the term Niggers, and the book would retain the modern title, And Then There Were None. In fact, the tone of the reply inferred that I was a racist for even querying it!
Society Member
User avatar
Moonraker
 
Posts: 16316
Joined: 31 Jan 2005, 19:15
Location: England

Re: Agatha Christie

Postby Fatty » 07 Jan 2012, 13:48

Moonraker wrote:I was told that although being marketed as facsimiles of originals, there was no place in society for the term Niggers, and the book would retain the modern title, And Then There Were None.

Thankfully they can't recall every copy from used book stores. :) I picked up an early 1970s Fontana paperback of TLN last week, and I realised that it called for more than just a title change - the text has numerous references that would be considered unacceptable today. Funnily enough, my 1980 copy of the book was renamed Ten Little Indians but retains the phrase "nigger in the woodpile" in the text, so I guess it was still work in progress!
User avatar
Fatty
 
Posts: 857
Joined: 31 Dec 2004, 10:50
Location: Bourne Wood, Peter's End
Favourite book/series: Five Find-Outers
Favourite character: Little Bets

Re: Agatha Christie

Postby pete9012S » 07 Jan 2012, 19:49

Bought the 1st book today from WH Smith so thanks for the tip Eddie!

My daughter went in for me.She said the books weren't anywhere to be seen.The staff she asked said they knew nothing about this book or special offer.Eventually the manager came over and said they were round the back of the shop and weren't out on display!

Sales prevention unlimited!

Still,excellent value for £1.99 with a lovely magazine all about the book included.
Wish they were all £1.99,bet they would shift loads if they were a bit less expensive! :D
"Big bad one!"she cried."You burn breakfast again! Again,again! I bang you with saucepan, big bad one. Come, Alfredo, come!"

Click HERE to subscribe to the stupendous Enid Blyton Society Journal

Succinct Mumbler
User avatar
pete9012S
 
Posts: 4859
Joined: 24 Jan 2010, 15:32
Location: SL8 5PS
Favourite book/series: Five On A Treasure Island
Favourite character: The Indefatigable Frederick Algernon Trotteville

Re: Agatha Christie

Postby Eddie Muir » 07 Jan 2012, 20:23

I'm glad to hear you managed to get a copy, Pete. :D I must say I'm surprised that they weren't on display at W.H. Smith's. :? Most odd!
'Go down to the side-shows by the river this afternoon. I'll meet you somewhere in disguise. Bet you won't know me! ' wrote Fatty.

Society Member
User avatar
Eddie Muir
 
Posts: 7756
Joined: 13 Oct 2007, 22:28
Location: Brighton
Favourite book/series: Five Find-Outers and Dog
Favourite character: Fatty

Re: Agatha Christie

Postby Katharine » 07 Jan 2012, 21:18

I trailed all round the magazines in Smiths this afternoon and couldn't spot Agatha Christie. I was just heading towards the door and saw a big display of them right at the front of the shop! Apparently if I subscribe the next 2 issues are only £3.99 each. I mentioned them to my husband, but as he pointed out, I already have most of them, and we haven't anywhere to put another set. It's so annoying when he's right. :evil:
Society Member
Katharine
 
Posts: 6899
Joined: 25 Nov 2009, 15:50

Re: Agatha Christie

Postby pete9012S » 08 Jan 2012, 00:49

A fans account of his collection of Agatha Christies,complete with scans of all the books he has collected over the years...


http://rm7guy.co.uk/Agatha.htm
"Big bad one!"she cried."You burn breakfast again! Again,again! I bang you with saucepan, big bad one. Come, Alfredo, come!"

Click HERE to subscribe to the stupendous Enid Blyton Society Journal

Succinct Mumbler
User avatar
pete9012S
 
Posts: 4859
Joined: 24 Jan 2010, 15:32
Location: SL8 5PS
Favourite book/series: Five On A Treasure Island
Favourite character: The Indefatigable Frederick Algernon Trotteville

Re: Agatha Christie

Postby pete9012S » 08 Jan 2012, 12:14

Katharine wrote:I trailed all round the magazines in Smiths this afternoon and couldn't spot Agatha Christie. I was just heading towards the door and saw a big display of them right at the front of the shop! Apparently if I subscribe the next 2 issues are only £3.99 each. I mentioned them to my husband, but as he pointed out, I already have most of them, and we haven't anywhere to put another set. It's so annoying when he's right. :evil:


Just been checking what Agatha's first editions with/without dust jackets currently fetch.
Now starting to think this latest offer of all her books in first edition format with original dust-jackets isnt so overpriced after all! :shock:

http://www.detective-fiction.com/agatha-christie.htm


Regards

Pete
"Big bad one!"she cried."You burn breakfast again! Again,again! I bang you with saucepan, big bad one. Come, Alfredo, come!"

Click HERE to subscribe to the stupendous Enid Blyton Society Journal

Succinct Mumbler
User avatar
pete9012S
 
Posts: 4859
Joined: 24 Jan 2010, 15:32
Location: SL8 5PS
Favourite book/series: Five On A Treasure Island
Favourite character: The Indefatigable Frederick Algernon Trotteville

Re: Agatha Christie

Postby Katharine » 08 Jan 2012, 12:43

I actually think £5.99 per book isn't unreasonable, my paperbacks from the early 1990s cost between £3 and £4 each. So £5.99 for a hardback with D/W plus magazine seems quite good value for money. It's just trying to justify buying duplicates that I'm struggling with.
Society Member
Katharine
 
Posts: 6899
Joined: 25 Nov 2009, 15:50

Re: Agatha Christie

Postby Moonraker » 08 Jan 2012, 14:10

pete9012S wrote:
Just been checking what Agatha's first editions with/without dust jackets currently fetch.
Now starting to think this latest offer of all her books in first edition format with original dust-jackets isnt so overpriced after all! :shock:


Even not overpriced when comparing them to Amazon's prices.
Society Member
User avatar
Moonraker
 
Posts: 16316
Joined: 31 Jan 2005, 19:15
Location: England

Re: Agatha Christie

Postby anne1991 » 17 Jan 2012, 12:18

I used to love Agatha Christie when I was a teenage, particularly the Poirot ones, death on the Nile and the Murder of Roger Akroyd I would completely recommend.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Death_on_the_Nile
Last edited by anne1991 on 23 Jan 2012, 09:47, edited 1 time in total.
I think people make their own faces, as they grow - Enid Blyton
User avatar
anne1991
 
Posts: 13
Joined: 09 Jan 2012, 12:31

Re: Agatha Christie

Postby lizzie farrel » 17 Jan 2012, 17:53

I am always impressed by how, in spite of her cheerful 'cosy' veneer, Christie ventured into some dark places(Crooked House and Sleeping Murder come to mind - and Endless Night.) It goes to her credit that she did it in such a genteel way that anyone from a 12 year old up could read her books.
lizzie farrel
 
Posts: 65
Joined: 06 May 2006, 22:01

Re: Agatha Christie

Postby pete9012S » 13 Mar 2012, 15:39

Happy days! :D

Agatha Christie a Reader's Companion
Image
I have been after this book for ages-just managed to get a copy from ebay for £11-perfect condition by asking ebay to alert me as soon as copy became available!

http://www.abebooks.co.uk/Agatha-Christ ... 4427341/bd

It is a bit pricier for some versions on Amazon!

http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/offer-listin ... dition=new
"Big bad one!"she cried."You burn breakfast again! Again,again! I bang you with saucepan, big bad one. Come, Alfredo, come!"

Click HERE to subscribe to the stupendous Enid Blyton Society Journal

Succinct Mumbler
User avatar
pete9012S
 
Posts: 4859
Joined: 24 Jan 2010, 15:32
Location: SL8 5PS
Favourite book/series: Five On A Treasure Island
Favourite character: The Indefatigable Frederick Algernon Trotteville

Re: Agatha Christie

Postby pete9012S » 13 Mar 2012, 17:53

anne1991 wrote:I used to love Agatha Christie


what a lovely avatar,love it! :D
"Big bad one!"she cried."You burn breakfast again! Again,again! I bang you with saucepan, big bad one. Come, Alfredo, come!"

Click HERE to subscribe to the stupendous Enid Blyton Society Journal

Succinct Mumbler
User avatar
pete9012S
 
Posts: 4859
Joined: 24 Jan 2010, 15:32
Location: SL8 5PS
Favourite book/series: Five On A Treasure Island
Favourite character: The Indefatigable Frederick Algernon Trotteville

Re: Agatha Christie

Postby Fatty » 13 Mar 2012, 19:15

pete9012S wrote:A fans account of his collection of Agatha Christies,complete with scans of all the books he has collected over the years... http://rm7guy.co.uk/Agatha.htm

You didn't notice the site has a page on the Find-outer Mysteries too? Unfortunately there aren't any write-ups on individual books in the series, though there are some nice early (!960s) Armada covers. I have a few of these, though when I first read the books they were all 'Red Dragon' paperbacks.
User avatar
Fatty
 
Posts: 857
Joined: 31 Dec 2004, 10:50
Location: Bourne Wood, Peter's End
Favourite book/series: Five Find-Outers
Favourite character: Little Bets

PreviousNext

Return to Other Authors

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 0 guests