Agatha Christie is born

On this day in 1890, the famous crime novelist Agatha Christie was born. She was born as Mary Clarissa Agatha Miller in Devon. She started making up stories as a child, alongside her mother and older sister.

Agatha married Colonel Archibald Christie in 1914, before the First World War. They had one daughter together. When her husband was at war, Agatha worked as an assistant in a pharmacy, where she learned about poisons. She began to write on a dare from her sister and produced her first mystery novel, The Mysterious Affair at Styles. This was the first to feature detective Hercule Poirot, who would later appear in many more of her novels.

Around the time of the publication of her first novel, Agatha entered a period of emotional turmoil after the death of her mother and a divorce from her first husband. She disappeared for 11 days, eventually turning up at a health spa, following an expensive government search.

In 1930, she married archeologist Sir Max Mallowan and accompanied him on expeditions to the Middle East, which became the setting for many of her novels. Miss Marple was created in 1930.

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