Hello everyone! I hope that you are all having a wonderful day for yourselves! 🙂 Yes, today is my Sixth Blogiversary! Six Years?!?! Whoo Hoo. Party time! 🙂
I just started reading Third Girl by Agatha Christie on 11 May 2015.
Agatha was born into a wealthy upper middle-class family in Torquay, Devon – the youngest of three children – born to Clara Boehmer Miller, a Belfast-born Englishwoman and her husband Frederick Alvah Miller, an American stockbroker. Agatha Christie always claimed that her childhood was “very happy”, although being home schooled, she spent much of her childhood alone and separate from other children. However, she was surrounded from an early age by a series of strong and independent women, and she also spent quite a lot of time with her pets, whom she adored. When Agatha Christie was eleven years old, her father – who was often ill – died after suffering a series of heart attacks.
According to Agatha – the death of her father at the age of 55 – marked the end of her childhood. In 1902, soon after his death, she was sent away to a girls’ school in Torquay, but found it extremely difficult adjusting to the disciplined atmosphere. In 1905, Agatha was sent to Paris where she completed her education. She returned to England in 1910 and discovered that her mother was ill.
They decided to spend more time together in the warmer climate of Cairo, which at that time was a popular tourist destination for wealthy Britons. For the next three months, Clara and Agatha stayed at the Gezirah Palace Hotel – where, chaperoned by her mother – Agatha attended many social functions in search of a husband. Although she also visited many Egyptian monuments, she didn’t exhibit any of the particularly great interest in archeology and Egyptology that became so prominent in her later years. Upon returning to England, Agatha continued her search for a husband, entering into short-lived relationships with four men and an engagement with another.
She met her first husband, Archibald Christie, at a dance held at Ugbrooke, Devon – about twelve miles from Torquay. The couple quickly fell in love and married on the afternoon of Christmas Eve in 1914, while Archie was home on leave. Agatha herself got involved in the war effort, joining the ‘Voluntary Aid Detachment’ (VAD) in 1914; she attended to wounded soldiers in a hospital in Torquay as an unpaid VAD nurse – responsible for assisting the doctors and maintaining the soldiers’ morale. She worked in that capacity from October of 1914 to December of 1916; qualifying as an apothecary’s assistant in 1917 and earning a living of £16 until the end of her service in 1918.
After a period of marital discord between them – which culminated in Agatha’s mysterious ten-day disappearance and a high-profile search for her in December of 1926 – the Christies divorced in 1928. Agatha retained custody of the couple’s only daughter Rosalind and the Christie name for her writing. Agatha married her second husband – Sir Max Mallowan – in 1930. The couple had met during an archeological dig and had a loving, happy marriage until Agatha’s death from natural causes in January of 1976.
To honor her many literary achievements, Agatha Christie was appointed a Commander of the British Empire during the 1956 New Year’s Honours; she was promoted to Dame in 1971. Her husband had been knighted for his work in archeology in 1968, and owing to his knighthood, from that time she could be styled as Lady Mallowan. The couple was actually one of the very few married couples where both partners were honored in their own right.