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Agatha Christie's London

Author Agatha Christie is most closely associated with her birthplace, Torquay in Devon.<p>But this most popular of authors — she's the world's …

Agatha Christie: facts about her life

Almost four billion copies of her novels have been sold across the globe, making Agatha Christie one of the most popular writers in history – her …

Agatha Christie
Agatha Christie

Agatha Christie exhibition shows queen of crime as roller-skater and surfer

They include photographs of her surfing on to an idyllic Muizenberg beach in South Africa, hanging out in Honolulu wearing her favourite emerald-green knitted bathing suit and roller-skating in an ankle-length skirt down Torquay pier.<p>The images are of Agatha Christie and are a world away from how …

Agatha Christie

Henry VIII voted worst monarch in history

‘Self-indulgent wife murderer and tyrant’ tops poll of historical writers, ahead of Edward VIII and Charles I<p>King John I may forever be known as a Bad King following that seminal history textbook 1066 and All That, but according to history authors, it is Henry VIII who should bear the title of the …

World History
Ethan Hawke

Five Horror Novels You Should Read But Haven’t

Fall is quickly creeping up on us with its ghostly little feet, and while some people may begin to feel the desire for all things pumpkin, I crave …

Horror
Writing

10 influential pulp novels that are criminally good

American pulp fiction first appeared on cheap, wood pulp paper. In the early 20th century, it lived in fiction magazines that cost no more than a …

Literature

Annecy: 'Peanuts' Director Steve Martino on Translating the Comic to CG-Animated Film

“We embrace that 2D thinking but do it with computer animated 3D models,” the director explained.<p><i>The Peanuts Movie</i> director <b>Steve Martino</b> and art …

Animation

We: The Novel That Inspired George Orwell’s 1984

In January 1946, George Orwell published a review of a fairly obscure Russian novel titled <i>We</i>, by Yevgeny Zamyatin, in the <i>Tribune</i>. Originally released …

Using Tricks From Other Writers

Even after 20 years as a journalist and three published novels, I still get stuck; my crappy first drafts still fill me with despair; I’m still …

Creative Writing

The Difference Between Stories and Novels

Humans are born storytellers. Shortly after learning to string sentences together, we start sharing them: “Mommy, I did this…” or “Daddy, I did …

The Best Novels to Read During Summer, Ranked

Do you love to read? Is summer your favorite time of year? Does reading a good book on the beach or in the park under a bright blue sky bring you …

Literature

5 New Ways to Use Olive Oil in Your Cooking

<i>by Katherine Sacks, Epicurious</i><p>I recently bought a fantastic bottle of olive, a delicious smoked oil so incredible that I couldn't help putting it on everything I ate. First, I whisked it into a salad dressing. Then I drizzled it over my coconut sorbet dessert. Then I had a little more on top of …

Food

Early draft of Star Wars reveals who really shot first

It is one of the larger debates within the <b>Star Wars</b> Universe (although most fans are on the same page). Who shot first? Han or Greedo? Well, …

Star Wars