A lifelong Agatha Christie fan and an advisor to the Christie estate, John Curran (not pictured, right) is the Dubliner who last month announced the discovery of two previously unknown Poirot stories he’d found whilst sorting through Christie’s papers. Details are a little fuzzy as to if and where the stories will be published, with some sources suggesting they’ll appear in Curran’s THE NOTEBOOKS OF AGATHA CHRISTIE, due in March 2009. Best man to clear up the confusion? Probably John Curran himself. Happily, John will be speaking about his forthcoming book and Agatha Christie’s life and legacy at the Dublin City Library & Archive, 138-144 Pearse Street, Dublin 2, on Thursday November 6th at 6.30pm. The press release doesn’t mention an admission price, but booking is probably advised. For more details, telephone 01 674 4873 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Incidentally, Wikipedia claims that Agatha Christie has sold roughly four billion copies of her books. That’s four billion. Consider my gast well and truly flabbered.
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