The Mirror Cracked from Side to Side

The Mirror Crack’d from Side to Side by Agatha Christie (first published by Collins Crime Club in 1962; this edition published by Fontana Books in 1965)

Introduced by Anne Brichto of Addyman Books, Hay-on-Wye


The Kindle is Dead Long Live the Book!

For over five years we have waged war on the Kindle – all very tongue in cheek – but still as a town of books we feel it is right to promote the real thing which has a smell and a feel and a visual delight and a sense of past owners etc. We had signs up saying that Kindles were banned in the Kingdom of Hay and Mr Addyman wanted to train up a band of Hay poodles to use as sniffer dogs. They could discover contraband kindles which would then be confiscated.

With references to both Penguin Books and Agatha Christie our Murder & Mayhem shop in Hay still has some anti-kindle art work in its window. It sits comfortably above our Dial M for Merthyr mugs.

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The cover of the Collins Crime Club 1962 edition of The Mirror Crack’d from Side to Side.

The title of the book comes from the poem The Lady of Shalott by Alfred, Lord Tennyson. It is referred to by name several times in the novel, with these lines being frequently quoted:

Out flew the web and floated wide-
The mirror crack’d from side to side;
“The curse is come upon me,” cried
The Lady of Shalott.

At the end, Miss Marple quotes the last three lines:

He said, “She has a lovely face;
God in his mercy lend her grace,
The Lady of Shalott.”



‘The Lady of Shallot’ by John William Waterhouse (1888)

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