Torquay is the birthplace of Agatha Christie,
the ‘Queen of Crime’, whose detective stories
and novels are known throughout the world. Torbay
and South Devon provide the location for many of
the settings in her work. In this book the author, an
avid fan of Christie’s work with a lifelong knowledge
of the area, like one of her own detectives, follows
in the footsteps of the author to discover and
describe the actual locations which inspired her.
With reference to her writings and characters, and
through photographs specially taken for the book,
the reader is taken on a tour of the real-life places,
often of outstanding beauty, which were chosen as
a background to the novels, locations which often
played an important role themselves in bringing
alive Agatha Christie’s books.
Bret Hawthorne has created a book which fans
of Agatha Christie will find adds so much to their
appreciation of her writing, while for others it simply
provides an exciting means of exploring the area
and coming across little known gems in the Devon
countryside. The book will also delight the many
visitors attracted to the region through their love
of Agatha Christie, not only from England but from
all over the world: Japanese, American and French
being the most numerous.
Agatha Christie’s Devon is a beautifully illustrated
guide to help readers in their search of the places
mentioned in Christie’s autobiography and in the
settings of the novels. It is also a superb souvenir
of Devon and its countryside.
Bret Hawthorne is a teacher and
educationalist who runs an English
Language School in Torquay. His
passion for the works of Agatha
Christie, combined with his intimate
knowledge of the area, make him the
perfect author for this book.
Imprint: Halsgrove. ISBN 978 1 84114 856 4, hardback, 214x230mm, 144 pages. Published March 2009. Reprinted May 2010. Reprinted 2017.