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The Grand Tour: Around the World with the Queen of Mystery [Kindle Edition]

Agatha Christie
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Agatha Christie is the most widely published author of all time, outsold only by the Bible and Shakespeare. Now, in this fascinating travelogue of the prolific author's yearlong trip around the British Empire in 1922, Christie provides the clues to the origins of the plots and locales of some of her bestselling mystery novels. Containing never-before-published letters and photos from her travels, and filled with intriguing details about the exotic locations she visited, The Grand Tour is an important book for Agatha Christie fans, revealing an unexpected side to the world's most renowned mystery writer.



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'A compelling, entertaining and joyful read. It is the people she meets along the way for whom she saves her best prose... It is they, and her wonderful descriptions of them, that make this book as enjoyable as any of her novels.' - SUNDAY EXPRESS 'The 32-year-old Agatha is confident, full of laughter, and sharply observant. She misses none of the local gossip... We can see an author gathering material for future use - the courting couples, elderly clergymen, spinsters, male secretaries, gouty ex-army officers, and vamps with kohl-ringed eyes, who form Agatha Christie's typical cast of characters. The long sea voyages, sleeping compartments and dining cars will become the train in Murder on the Orient Express or the paddle steamer in Death on the Nile.' - DAILY MAIL

From the Back Cover

In 1922 Agatha Christie set sail on a ten-month voyage around the world. Her husband, Archibald Christie, had been invited to join a trade mission to promote the British Empire Exhibition, and Christie was determined to go with him. It was a life-changing decision for the young novelist, a true voyage of discovery that would inspire her future writing for years to come.

Placing her two-year-old daughter in the care of her sister, Christie set sail at the end of January and did not return home until December. Throughout her journey, she kept up a detailed weekly correspondence with her mother, describing the exotic places and the remarkable people she encountered as the mission traveled through South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, Hawaii, and Canada. Reproduced here for the first time, the letters are full of tales of seasickness and sunburn, motor trips and surfboarding, glamor and misery. The Grand Tour also brings to life the places and people Christie encountered through the photos she took on her portable camera, as well as some of the original postcards, newspaper cuttings, and memorabilia she collected on her trip.

Edited and introduced by Agatha Christie's grandson, Mathew Prichard, and accompanied by reminiscences from her own autobiography, this unique travelogue reveals a new adventurous side to Agatha Christie, one that would ultimately influence the stories that made her a household name.


Product Details

  • File Size: 28140 KB
  • Print Length: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Harper (November 20, 2012)
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007HB8CSW
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #258,457 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful
Format:Hardcover
We see on a book jacket endorsement that Agatha Christie is one of that writer's favorite authors. Then the writer adds after reading The Grand Tour she is also one of his favorite people. My sentiments exactly!

Almost as revelatory as a sit-down conversation with the grande dame of mysteries The Grand Tour is a fascinating collection of never before published letters and photographs detailing Christie's travels around the British Empire in 1922. Most of the letters were sent to her mother and included photos taken with Christie's own camera as well as newspaper clippings and various memorabilia. This collection is an insight into the thoughts and mind of a young Agatha Christie who had just published two novels and would later become the most widely published author of all time.

She and her husband, Archie, embarked on a year-long voyage as part of a promotional trade mission, so there was work involved as well as various obligations as they visited South Africa, New Zealand, Hawaii and Canada. Her letters to her mother were, of course, candid which for this reader greatly added to their charm. I especially enjoyed Christie's slightly wicked sense of humor, such as when she describes a fellow passenger as "the only young thing on the ship, but although very pretty, is a terrible mutt." Her observations of both people and places are acute and fascinating to read.

Mathew Prichard, Christie's grandson, has done an excellent job of collecting, editing and introducing these letters. We are in his debt for The Grand Tour reminds us that Christie was not only an outstanding author but a remarkable woman as well.

- Gail Cooke
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not A Fascinating Travelogue February 14, 2013
By Susan
Format:Hardcover
I love Agatha Christie's books and so was looking forward to this record of her 10-month trip around the world. It was a huge disappointment. On the plus side: Some marvelous photos of the places she visited, and when she does describe the places themselves, her descriptions are colorful and interesting. BUT... there is far too little of this descriptive aspect. A huge amount of the book is taken up with a listing of whom she dined with; what they ate; the problems her husband Archie and she had with other members of the delegation. I am sure that travel in the time that she went DID have many boring aspects to it, but I would prefer not to read about them. I learned very little about what the marvelous countries she visited were really like in those days. Possibly I was expecting the wrong thing from this book, but I found it boring and read it very quickly, skipping over the interminable accounts of meals and problems. I can't say I would recommend it to fans of Agatha Christie; stick with her novels!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Boring Personal Correspondence August 10, 2013
By Diotima
Format:Hardcover
This book is a compilation of photographs and transcriptions of letters sent by Agatha Christie in 1922 during a 10 months round-the-world tour. At best it's an historical record made accessible to the public. The photographs are just tourist snapshots from her photo albums (without any enhancement). Many of her original letters - both in "scratchy" handwriting and typewritten with a dodgy Corona - are reproduced as illustrations so readers can see that the transcriptions are faithful copies. Mathew Prichard, as editor, has noted that there are "occasional inconsistencies in grammar and punctuation" in the originals. Since these are Christie's own, they have not been corrected in the transcriptions. Therefore, those commenters who have complained of poor editing, spelling mistakes and typos are off the point.

All in all, the letters are really quite tedious. Christie did a lot of travelling by ship - for periods of up to three weeks at a time - with nothing better to do than play deck quoits.

With, perhaps, just one exception, it would be drawing a long bow to see any of Christie's future characters as having been based on any of the many government officials and their "amusing" wives encountered in 1922.

I did not buy this book. I borrowed the hardcover edition through my local library.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Take a trip with Agatha Christie January 7, 2013
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
It is a nice read. I started it then quit temporarily. I will start again on the day that she started her journey. Then I will read each entry on the day on which it was written....so take the trip with her. It will take me most of the year to get through. I look at books as friends that you have with you.
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11 of 15 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing Editing February 27, 2013
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On the whole, quite enjoyed the book, mainly because Agatha visited many of the countries I've visited 50+ years on. However, I was put off by the number of typos and poor sentence structure. I don't know if this was due to Mrs. Christie's actual writing or through editing by her grandson. It surprised me that a famous writer would write "naval oranges" or "births were booked on a ship" rather than navel and berths. Inaccuracies like this annoy me and interfere with my pleasure in a book.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars interesting but not engrossing April 27, 2013
By chica
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
this is the type of book you read while reading other books. It's a travelogue filled with descriptions of places visited and people met and even though it's written by a great storyteller, after a while it gets a little dull
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A window into a bygone era February 2, 2013
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For all Agatha Christie lovers this is a must-have book. Her letters and snapshots are terrific. It gives such a vivid snapshot into a bygone era of steamer ships and civility.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars My wife got great joy in reading the real world wide travels of ...
My wife got great joy in reading the real world wide travels of Agatha Christie and her husband. Gives you great insight in the trials of traveling into under developed and... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Wizard
3.0 out of 5 stars Maybe Agatha's grandson needs more money. In this book ...
Maybe Agatha's grandson needs more money. In this book, besides the photos that Agatha took, there are materials just copied from the book <An Autobiography>, and there are... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Boyuan Wang
3.0 out of 5 stars Grand Tourr not quite grand
What I particularly liked were the descriptions of places as they were before the modern world destroyed them. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Marcella Rust
4.0 out of 5 stars but also a better idea of how women and A/C in particular were ...
This book gives you a real insight to not only Agatha Christie's thinking at the time this was written, but also a better idea of how women and A/C in particular were regarded. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Shirley Van Sickle
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Arrived quickly, exactly as described.
Published 5 months ago by Michael A Cubria
5.0 out of 5 stars El Gran Tour
Todo lo que ella escribió e hizo me gusta mucho. Creó reconocer en esta reseña partes de su libro El hombre del traje color Castaño que me encant'o. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Rodrigo Prado Buzeta
5.0 out of 5 stars AGATHA CHRISTIE IN 1922 - TRAVELS THRU THE BRITISH EMPIRE
Noticing my young grandson enjoying "Murder On The Orient Express" reminded me of Agatha Christie's autobiography published in 1977 when she was seventy-five that I had purchased... Read more
Published 8 months ago by V. L. Wilson
5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating
Recommended for Agatha Christie fans and for anyone who likes travelogues and/or collections of letters. A wonderful read about a fascinating trip!
Published 10 months ago by Catherine Litwin
3.0 out of 5 stars Agatha as a young wife and mother
Always enjoyed her writing and enjoyed this very different Agatha as a young wife and mother.
Reading her letters to her "Mummy" about her travel experiences and the... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Busy Bee
5.0 out of 5 stars A great read for Agatha Christie fans!
Fantastic!
Published 12 months ago by Michael J Silvia
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Agatha Christie was born in 1890 and created the detective Hercule Poirot in her debut novel, The Mysterious Affair at Styles (1920). She achieved wide popularity with The Murder of Roger Ackroyd (1926) and produced a total of eighty novels and short-story collections over six decades.

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