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    Agatha Christie Festival

    Inspired by the ingenuity and world famous stories of Dame Agatha Christie Mallowan, this annual festival celebrates the life and works of this revered crime writer. Starting on the 13th till the 17th of September this 5 day celebration includes exhibitions of Christies’ work, workshops and talks from Phillip Hoare and Janet Morgan, with performances from local theatre groups and concludes with an open air cinema showing of an Agatha Christie classic.

    To celebrate this special week The Grand Hotel will be hosting several events including a:

    Sparkling Tea Dance on the 13th of September

    Murder Mystery Night, featuring the fantastic Candle Light Theatre Company on the 14thof September

    Call 01803 296677 to book your space on one of these special events – Limited availability 


     

    Agatha Christie was born on the 15th of September 1890 in Torquay. During the First World War Christie served at the Devon Hospital, tending to wounded soldiers, before marrying an aviator from the Royal Flying Corps- Archibald Christie in 1914. In 1928, after the discovery that Archibald has begun an affair, the pair divorced in 1928. In 1926 Ms Christie went missing for 11 days, finally being found in a Harrogate Hotel. The circumstances behind her brief disappearance were never fully understood, though it was widely speculated that the recent death of her mother and the discovery of her soon former husband’s affair had sent her into a state of shock.

    Agatha began writing in 1920. Her first novel, the mysterious affair at styles, featured the soon to be famous detective – Hercule Poirot, who at the time was portrayed as a Belgian refugee from the Great War. The book sold well and helped meet the public’s great appetite for detective novels. It was a genre that had been popularised through Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes stories. The plot of Agatha Christie’s novels could be described as formulaic. Murders were committed by ingenious methods, often involving poison, which Agatha Christie had great knowledge of from her service as a nurse and, further along, a pharmacist. After interrogating all the main suspects, the detective, often Poirot, although it was rumoured that Miss Marple was the preferred character, would bring all the participants into some drawing room before explaining who the murderer was. The psychological suspense of the novels, and the fact that readers felt they had a good chance of solving the crime themselves, undoubtedly added to the popularity of these spectacular novels.

    The Grand Hotel has a unique association with the much-loved author, as the place where she spent her honeymoon in 1914. In recognition of that The Grand Hotel has a bedroom suite named after her. Situated on the second floor and overlooking the beautiful bay surrounding Torquay and Paignton, the view extends to Brixham and disappears behind Berry Head. Agatha Christie spent much of her time in Torquay, basing several of her novels in the Grand Hotel, describing crime scenes vividly as particular rooms around the historic building and often describing the entrance halls and ball room (Now the indoor pool) in great detail.

    Agatha Christie Suite at The Grand Hotel
    Agatha Christie Suite at The Grand Hotel
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