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In Miss Marple and Hercule Poirot, Agatha Christie is responsible for creating two of literature’s most beloved characters and two of fiction’s most brilliant detectives.

Born in Torquay, Devon to a wealthy upper-middle class family, Agatha Christie née Miller was a voracious reader from an early age and surrounded by strong female role models. She was initially homeschooled and divided her time between the family home in Devon and her step-grandmother, Margaret Miller’s house in Ealing, West London. It was Miss Miller and her cronies who would go on to form the basis of the brilliant spinster detective, Miss Marple.

Throughout World War I she worked 3,400 hours as an unpaid nurse before being certified as an “Apothecary's Assistant” in 1917. She would go on to work in the pharmacy at University College Hospital in London during World War II where she gained a knowledge of poisons she would use in later novels. She also travelled extensively from North Africa to India and beyond, collecting experiences that she would draw on for her 66 detective novels and 14 short stories. To date she has a body of work that is only outsold by Shakespeare and the Bible. She is the most translated single author of all time and her play, The Mousetrap, has the longest initial run in history, beginning in 1952 and still going in 2018 with over 27,000 performances.