Curtain by Agatha Christie
Introduced by Emma Balch
It is my 40th birthday today. Being Christmas Eve I was unlikely to find a book that was published on 24th December 1975 to feature in this blog post.
Instead, I looked online to see which book was top of the bestseller lists in December 1975. Agatha Christie’s ‘Curtain’ was in its thirteenth week in the top slot in the New York Times!
The book was written during World War II but Agatha Christie had it locked in a bank vault for thirty years. In ‘Curtain’ she killed off Hercule Poirot, and in fact, she passed away soon after Poirot ‘died’.
Remarkably, Poirot was given a full, front page obituary in the New York Times, the first ever fictional character to receive coverage of this type. The headline read: ‘Hercule Poirot Is Dead; Famed Belgian Detective; Hercule Poirot, the Detective, Dies’.
Curtain, the final Poirot novel stayed at the top of the bestseller list until April 1976. Agatha Christie died on the 12th January 1976.
Murder & Mayhem bookshop is a must visit for any Agatha Christie fans who visit Hay.
And completely unrelated to murder, but very much to married life, family life and friendships over 40 years, a quote from Agatha Christie’s Curtain:
“Underneath the quarrels,the misunderstandings, the apparent hostility of everyday life, a real and true affection can exist. Married life, I mused, as I went to bed, was a curious thing.”