Talk: Agatha Christie and Ealing

Posted on: 15th December 2015

Agatha ChristieToday, Dame Agatha Mary Clarissa Christie is still the most famous crime writer in history. During a long successful career, she created and wrote: 66 detective novels, 150 short stories and 19 plays – including the longest running play in history ‘The Mousetrap’ now in in 64th continuous year and over 25,000 shows – and she also wrote six romance novels under the penname Mary Westmacott.

Over the years, Christie wrote many thrilling stories with complex plots and twists, creating many much-loved fictional characters; amongst the most famous being the two detectives: the short rotund proud Belgium gentleman ‘Hercule Poirot’ and the genteel elderly but sharp Englishwomen Miss Marple. 

Dr Jonathan OatesJoin Ealing Libraries Historian, Dr Jonathan Oates – author of local history books such as ‘Unsolved London Murders: The 1920’s and 1930’s’ and ‘Foul Deeds & Suspicious Deaths in Ealing’ – as he gives a talk about the unrivalled master of detective fiction exactly 40 years to the day after her death.

Topical questions answered in the talk include:

  • Her great aunt who lived in Ealing and was the inspiration of Miss Marple
  • Agatha's visits to Edwardian Ealing
  • References to Ealing and Hanwell in her stories

Join us on the evening of Tuesday 12th January at Ealing Central Library – talk starts at 6.15pm and tickets cost £3 members/ £5 non-members – for this latest fascinating local history talk.  

Further information regarding how the Local History Centre can help you with your local or family tree research, listings of local history books available to buy and planned future talks can be found on their information page.