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The (New) Bedside, Bathtub & Armchair Companion to Agatha Christie Paperback – July 1, 1986


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 362 pages
  • Publisher: Ungar Pub Co; 2nd edition (July 1986)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0804458030
  • ISBN-13: 978-0804458030
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 5.9 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,511,895 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"The ideal gift for Christie addicts."—Publishers Weekly

One key element of a classic is the fact that it keeps being discovered with wonderment by new readers. Generations of mystery mavens first encountered the genre—in written or dramatic form—in the person of Sherlock Holmes, so this new celebration of Arthur Conan Doyle's canon should have appeal. The authors, who compiled a similar companion to Agatha Christie's work (1986), supply capsule descriptions of each tale; each includes data on first publication, a precis of the "principal predicament," a notable quote, and comments on the story's "notable feature" and "oddities and discrepancies." But this Holmes companion includes more: information about Doyle, Victorian England (and Holmes' London), the British empire, British government (remember Mycroft?), British peerage, British money, the stories' illustrators, actors who've portrayed Holmes and Watson, Sherlock Holmes societies around the world, and a half dozen other helpful subjects. Not an essential acquisition, but likely to circulate where Holmes remains a favorite fictional detective. (Mary Carroll Booklist)

One key element of a classic is the fact that it keeps being discovered with wonderment by new readers. Generations of mystery mavens first encountered the genre—in written or dramatic form—in the person of Sherlock Holmes, so this new celebration of Arthur Conan Doyle's canon should have appeal. The authors, who compiled a similar companion to Agatha Christie's work (1986), supply capsule descriptions of each tale; each includes data on first publication, a precis of the "principal predicament," a notable quote, and comments on the story's "notable feature" and "oddities and discrepancies." But this Holmes companion includes more: information about Doyle, Victorian England (and Holmes' London), the British empire, British government (remember Mycroft?), British peerage, British money, the stories' illustrators, actors who've portrayed Holmes and Watson, Sherlock Holmes societies around the world, and a half dozen other helpful subjects. Not an essential acquisition, but likely to circulate where Holmes remains a favorite fictional detective. (Sanford Lakoff Booklist) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Dick Riley's novels and plays include collaboration on the best-selling Black Sunday (with Thomas Harris), Rite of Expiation, and the drama Middleman Out. He lives in White Plains, New York.Pam McAllister is the author of ten books, including three others in Continuum's Bedside, Bathtub &Armchair Companion series which she co-authored with Dick Riley, on Shakespeare (2001), Sherlock Holmes (1999), and Agatha Christie (1979). Her other books include Death Defying: Dismantling the Execution Machinery in 21st Century U.S.A. (Continuum, 2003) about ending capital punishment and two books about women's use of nonviolent action for social justice. In 1982, she edited the groundbreaking anthology Reweaving the Web of Life: Feminism and Nonviolence (New Society Publishers), which the Village Voice called "one of the most important books you'll ever read." She currently writes a column for The Progressive Christian magazine.
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More About the Author

Pam McAllister is a feminist author, activist, poet, storyteller, and professional musician. She edited the celebrated anthology Reweaving the Web of Life: Feminism and Nonviolence (1982) and wrote two books documenting ways women around the world have used creative nonviolence for social justice causes, You Can't Kill the Spirit and This River of Courage. Grace Paley once wrote, "I'm interested in anything Pam does ... Her work on women's lives and nonviolence is direct, true, close to my heart, actually -- essential."

In addition to writing and lecturing about feminism and nonviolence, McAllister has authored books, essays, and articles about the death penalty, Mark Twain, Shakespeare, Agatha Christie, and Sherlock Holmes. She wrote a book of liberation theology-based devotions for people in prison and a column about hymn texts and composers for The Progressive Christian magazine (2007-2011).

Having long ago made the happy transition from rural to urban, she lives in Park Slope, Brooklyn. Read more at www.PamMcAllisterAuthor.com .

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Laura G on January 5, 2007
Format: Paperback
This book isn't anything more than it says it is - a Companion to the works of Agatha Christie. It's several short essays that explains the plot of each book (but never gives away the ending) and has several companion essays that tell the story of Christie's life and life in England while she was alive. There are essays on how people dressed, how servants were treated, how Christie treated lower-class characters in her books. There are essays delving into the psychology of our favorite detectives.

It's meant to be picked up and read in short bursts. It provides a lot of information in quick bits.

It's by no mean a comprehensive biography of Christie. Several essays are much better than others. But it's a nice little companion for Christie fans.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 16, 2003
Format: Paperback
The Bedside, Bathtub & Armchair Companion to Agatha Christie has complete listing and summeries of all the novels,plays, short stories, and six romance novels MS. Christie wrote. this book also features bits of trivia, a few recipes,a biography of Agatha, interviews with fans ETC.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By C. Caruso on December 15, 2009
Format: Paperback
First off, let me say that I am not your "typical" Christie fan. I am a twenty-four year old male who loves mystery novels, especially if they involve a M. Poirot, or a Ms. Marple. I was browsing a new used book store in my town, when I decided eye up the Christie's. After a glance at the softcovers I walked over to the hardcover Christie section and found this book that I have neither seen or heard of, the Christie companion. And with the three dollar price tag it was a must have, although I would have paid fifty.

I seen another reviewer refer to an older copy, and that is what my version is. On to the review though... simple put it is a must have for anyone familiar with Agathas work. Casual and hardcore fan alike. You can read it front to back, or use it as a bathroom book, I chose the former. And to the reviews comment about the "N" word. It was written in a different time period, and location where those racial boundries haven't been created. She is not being disrespectful for goodness sakes!

Overall great book, lots of little potpouri information, GREAT find! A true diamond in the rough...
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8 of 12 people found the following review helpful By kaduzy VINE VOICE on June 18, 2005
Format: Paperback
A must for any Christie fan, as it helps you sort out the often confusing array of books by summarizing each of them without giving the endings away, and includes all the title variations that can trip die hard fans up as they accidentally read or purchase the same book twice or more!

This book doesn't hold anything back either! For one thing, it reveals that the original title of "And Then There Were None" (which can also be found as "Ten Little Indians") was actually "Ten Little NIGGERS"! The poem in the book was the same thing, and there's actually cover art included. Now we have an older edition of this companion than the one pictured here, so it's possible that the publishers have cut back on some of the information available in it, but this is a FACT! Whether it changes your mind about Agatha Christie is up to you!
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