Agatha Christie’s Secret Letters to be Revealed

By July 13, 2017Authors, Literature, News

Today we bring you the news that as part of the HarperCollins 200th anniversary the publisher will be releasing ‘the secret history between Agatha Christie and her long-standing publisher, HarperCollins’.

The ‘candid photographs’ and ‘touching letters’ were unearthed from a Glasgow archive and will form part of a new exhibition celebrating the company’s 200th anniversary.

The items show a relationship between Christie and her William ‘Billy’ Collins spanning 50 years until the author’s death in 1976 aged 85, and are made up of many discussions include cover designs, plots and publishing schedules. The touching letters discuss some of the issues of the day, like attempting to obtain tennis balls during the war, the gossip from publishing parties and more.

Christie is still one of the best selling authors of all time and is still published by HarperCollins to this day. The publishing house holds thousands of books, photographs, and correspondence at the Glasgow archive and these documents give an insight into the author’s long career.

If you’re a big fan of Agatha Christie then the material will all be displayed at the Theakston Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival in Harrogate later this month, between 20th and 23rd July. The collection will then move to a permanent home at Greenway, Christie’s former home in Devon, now managed by the National Trust.

5 Things You Might Not Know About Alexandre Dumas

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On 24th July 1802 Dumas Davy de la Pailleterie, better known today as Alexandre Dumas was born in Picardy, France. The youngest of three children, and the only boy he was educated at military school and would go on to become one of the greatest writers of the day. His novels have been translated into over one hundred languages and today he is one of the most widely read French authors of all time.

Today, we’re filling in the gaps on his life, with five things you might not know about Alexandre Dumas and the books he wrote. Read More

New PD James Stories Coming This Autumn

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When we lost PD James back in 2014, a world of crime lovers mourned, the author was the Queen of Crime, without a doubt and those who loved her will be thrilled to hear there are new stories coming this October.

Sleep No More is a new collection of short stories from the late author to be released just in time for the Christmas market. The six short stories all have a motive of revenge and vengence and will be published by Faber later this year. From unhappy marriages to bullying schoolmasters, this collection will have it all. Read More

15 Thought-Provoking Quotes by William Makepeace Thackeray

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William Makepeace Thackeray was a 19th century writer and poet known particularly for his satirical works of the time. He was born on the 18th of July in 1811 and died on Christmas Eve in 1863 after suffering a stroke aged just 52.

He was best known for his work Vanity Fair which follows the lives of Becky Sharp and Emmy Sedley  during and after the Napoleonic Wars. Thackeray worked often under a pseudonym as his work attacked the rich and powerful, and satirised early 19th-century British society.

His work is considered second only to Charles Dickens (depending on who you ask), and like Dickens his way with words is thought-provoking and full of wit.

Here are 15 of our favourite quotes taken from his many pieces of work…

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Shirley Hughes’ Top 5 Best Selling Books

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Shirley Hughes is a British author and illustrator best known for her Alfie and Annie Rose series. Born on the 16th of July in 1927, she has written over fifty books and has illustrated more than two hundred. As a best selling author she has managed to sell more than 11.5 million copies, winning a multitude of literature and illustration awards.

For many British children in particular, she has been a large part of the childhood literary experience. Her illustrations are warm and colourful, and invoke memories of home cooked meals and cuddling up with a parent or grandparent for story time.

Shirley Hughes has been popular since 1960 and her work still holds up today as pieces of wonderful children’s literature. As a celebration of her writing and illustration, we have collated her top 5 best selling books according to Amazon.

Happy reading!

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