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‘Literally out-Christies Agatha’ - Janice Hallett, bestselling author of The Appeal
Nina de Gramont's The Christie Affair is a stunning novel which reimagines the unexplained eleven-day disappearance of Agatha Christie that captivated the world.
In 1926, Agatha Christie disappeared for 11 days. Only I know the truth of her disappearance.
I’m no Hercule Poirot.
I’m her husband’s mistress.
Agatha Christie’s world is one of glamorous society parties, country house weekends, and growing literary fame.
Nan O’Dea’s world is something very different. Her attempts to escape a tough London upbringing during the Great War led to a life in Ireland marred by a hidden tragedy. After fighting her way back to England, she’s set her sights on Agatha. Because Agatha Christie has something Nan wants. And it’s not just her husband.
Despite their differences, the two women will become the most unlikely of allies. And during the mysterious eleven days that Agatha goes missing, they will unravel a dark secret that only Nan holds the key to . . .
*A REESE WITHERSPOON BOOK CLUB PICK*
*Instant New York Times bestseller*
‘Storytelling at its very finest’ - My Weekly
‘Scintillating’ - Daily Mail
‘Romance, enigma and wit in bucketloads’ - Elizabeth Macneal, bestselling author of The Doll Factory
‘A genuine marvel’ - Kristin Hannah, bestselling author of Firefly Lane
‘Ingenious’ - AJ Pearce, bestselling author of Dear Mrs Bird
De Gramont (The Last September) offers an intriguing new theory of why Agatha Christie disappeared for 11 days in this superior thriller, which places the woman Christie's husband, Archie, was having an affair with at the time here the fictional Nan O'Dea at its center. A gripping opening sentence teases O'Dea's dark side ("A long time ago, in another country, I nearly killed a woman"). In December 1926, Archie decides to reveal the affair to his wife, to whom the news comes as no surprise. Agatha, however, is taken aback by her husband's declaration that he is both leaving her and seeking a divorce. A day later, the world-famous mystery author vanishes, and her abandoned car is found near a body of water notorious for corpses being found in it, leading some to suspect the writer killed herself. Flashbacks flesh out the backstory of O'Dea, who at 19 was sent to a convent by the head of the family she was working for in Ireland after getting pregnant by his son. De Gramont treats O'Dea's story with sympathy and care, highlighting the bleak circumstances for both women in the historical period and teasing out the motivations for breaking up the Christies' marriage. This is an enjoyable reimagining of a scandal whose exact nature remains a puzzle a century later.