Famous writers, writing… Agatha Christie

Agatha Christie:
“If you are to be Hercule Poirot, you must think of everything.”

Agatha ChristieIn other words, you’d better have thought of everything, every twist and turn, every character trait, every possible and impossible plot angle… or your readers will catch you out in unpredictability, spot your mistakes. And then there are the things that happen out of your control. So beware!

Click here to read The Guardian’s article about bloopers in books…
… and here to read how the UK edition of Jonathan Franzen’s Corrections had to be withdrawn from print because the wrong version was printed.
Click here to read The Bookseller’s report on how Penguin had to pulp copies of Lolita because of a missing foreword.

Agatha Christie


‘The Mysterious Affair at Styles’ by Agatha Christie [UK: Harper] Buy now

See these other famous people, reading & writing:-
George Orwell
Iris Murdoch
John Updike

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  1. Agatha Christie is always worth re-visiting. 🙂
    Incredible what can go wrong!
    Wrong temperatures in a cook book – ouch.
    The wrong version – harmful.
    Missing foreword – might not even be missed, embarassing nonetheless…