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Agatha Christie was born in Torquay in 1890 and became, quite simply, the best-selling novelist in history. Her books have sold over a billion copies in the English language and another billion in over 100 foreign languages. She is the author of 80 crime novels and short story collections, 19 plays, and six novels under the name of Mary Westmacott.
`Perfectly delightful... colourful, lively and occasionally touching and thought-provoking' Charles Osborne, Books & Bookmen `Good and enjoyable... she has a delightfully light touch' Marghanita Laski, Country Life `Agatha Christie has provided entertainment, suspense, and temporary relief from the anxieties and traumas of life both in peace and war for millions throughout the world.' P. D. James `Christie's witty account of her yearly expeditions in Syria in the 1930s ... is at once a captivating depiction of quotidian life at archaeological digs and a romantic portrait of adventurers and scholars in the interwar Middle East. Her relaxed narrative of the organization and effort in archaeological investigation and of the landscape and people in the region is engrossing-but what makes this book bewitching is the nostalgic glamour that infuses it." The Atlantic (US)