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Agatha Christie: Queen of Crime Jane Tapley Tuesday 10 March 2020

Agatha Christie is undoubtedly the world’s greatest crime writer, her books sell over four million copies worldwide every year and there is a continual demand for new adaptations to be made of her work. She led a sheltered and privileged life in her native Torquay which was not dissimilar to the characters she invented. She was brought up in the comfort of upper middle class society and she too had mystery in her life. To find out more about this remarkable author who created Poirot and Miss Marple book this biographical talk. It will surprise and enlighten you about how she developed her talent for writing having never attended a proper school.


Jane Tapley is a registered Blue Badge Guide and Special Events Organiser at The Theatre Royal Bath. She interviews actors, writers and directors, and lectures regularly to theatre going societies, the NT and history and fine art groups. She is author and researcher of theatre programme notes on Hamlet, Sheridan's The Rivals and Jane Austen's Emma. She is a theatrical landlady as well as home economist, acting as consultant to various TV productions of Jane Austen adaptations on food in the 18th and 19th centuries. She hosts and cooks period meals in her Regency house in Bath for the Jane Austen Festival and other literary groups.