Stories discovered in Agatha Christie’s home

Last Updated: Saturday, June 6, 2009 - 16:44

Spicezee Bureau

London, June 06: Agatha Christie’s fans have a reason to celebrate. Recently, two unpublished Poirot short stories have been found in the author’s holiday home – Devon house.

The two unpublished stories of the author were found amidst family papers at Christie`s favourite holiday abode. The stories will be included in a new book, ‘Agatha Christie`s Secret Notebooks: Fifty Years of Mysteries in the Making.

Published by HarperCollins this autumn, the book covers Christie`s working life from the 1920s up until her death in 1976.

John Curran, the book`s author and Christie ‘arch-fan’, has never written a book before. In 2005, he was allowed access to Christie’s notebooks and he taught himself to read Agatha’s `bloody awful handwriting` to uncover the mystery in 73 notebooks at Devon house.

David Brawn, publishing director of estates at HarperFiction, said: "People always said she had a photographic memory and wrote off the cuff, but these notebooks show that she reused a lot of ideas or went back to ideas sometimes decades later. She never wasted an idea."

Both unpublished works are in short stories form. The first story, ‘The Mystery of the Dog`s Ball’, eventually became the 1937 novel ‘Dumb Witness’ while the title of the other new find, ‘The Capture of Cerberus’, has graced another story.

The discovery of the two short stories, revealed by the Bookseller magazine, is being hailed as a piece of detective work greater than that of Poriot.

Several radio, cinematic and theatrical adaptation of Agatha Christie’s books have been done. Like Arthur Cannon Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes, Christie’s Hercule Poirot has quite a fan following. Now, with the discovery of two unpublished works, the literary world is looking forward to savouring the content.



First Published: Saturday, June 6, 2009 - 16:44
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