Waterstones News Update: New Christie Novel Coming Soon

Sophie Hannah, Agatha Christie

Waterstones news update: Agatha Christie is set to return to the publishing house as crime-writer Sophie Hannah is commissioned to write the new mystery.

One of the most famous crime writers of all time is being resurrected by one of the most prestigious contemporary crime writers whose career was sparked by the impressive, intriguing, spell-binding writing of the woman who brought Hercule Poirot and Miss Marple to our book shelves. Agatha Christie, who died in 1976 at the age of 85 is one of the most respected authors of the Twentieth Century, probably of all time.

Her novels, plays and short stories are written with such succinct whit and finely-tuned observations of human nature that anyone who has even the vaguest interest in reading cannot deny her mastery of the written word. It is precisely these attributes that drove the thirteen year old Sophie Hannah to read and collect all of the novels written by the great Christie.

Now, Hannah faces the awe-inspiring chance to write a new Christie novel. Christie’s estate decided on the idea of commissioning an author to resurrect the estate’s namesake and it was pure coincidence – or fate – that Hannah was at the publishing house the very same week.

Having been inspired by here intricately constructed, tightly woven plots Hannah became a crime writer herself and is now a much celebrated author in her own right. The opportunity that lies in her hands now to create a new plot, most likely with the lead character as Hercule Poirot, comes with a huge weight of responsibility.

She has made it clear that she is hugely humbled by this honour and is already planning the novel which she hopes will leave the inimitable Hercule Poirot confounded for at least a few of the chapters.

For those avid Christie fans who recoil at the thought of an author other than the great lady herself writing the thoughts of Poirot, it will be a comfort to know that Hannah has been a fan of Christie since she was thirteen and has described herself as having an ‘almost obsessive’ relationship with the author’s work.

She is well acquainted with the author’s acute knowledge of the human psyche, the behaviour of the Belgian sleuth and the style of writing preferred by Dame Agatha Christie.

Waterstones will be one of the first book shops to get a good stock of the new novel as and when it is published and should you be interested in getting one of them, contact Waterstones directly and speak with an employee of your local store. All of the relevant contact details can be found here: http://www.customerservicescontact.co.uk/waterstones-phone-number/

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