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Agatha Christie is the best-known mystery writer in the world. Her books have
sold over a billion copies in the English language. Another billion have also
been sold in forty-five foreign languages. Her works have been translated into
more languages than those of William Shakespeare. Only the Bible and Shakespeare
outsell her novels, thus making her the most successful mystery writer of all
Agatha Miller was born in Torquay, England on September 15, 1890. As a child,
she was educated by her mother and did not attend school. In 1914 she was
married to Colonel Archibald Christie, an aviator in the Royal Flying Corps.
Around this time, World War I broke out. To help the war effort, Agatha worked
for the Red Cross as a nurse. This experience was useful when she later wrote
about various poisons and diseases.
Agatha and Archibald divorced in 1926, but Agatha continued to use hi...
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