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Agatha Christie 'wanted to exorcise herself of Poirot'

19th October 2010

Murder mystery author Agatha Christie wanted to stop writing stories about Hercule Poirot, but was pressured by her publishers to continue, her grandson has claimed.

In an interview with the Radio Times, Mathew Prichard said the Murder on the Orient Express author came to look upon the Belgian detective as her 'bread and butter' and tended to moan that she was being compelled to write 'yet another Poirot'.

'She was never short of ideas for books but some of these ideas were inappropriate for Poirot, so she was very keen to exorcise herself of him by writing different stories with new characters,' he commented.

Mr Prichard said that Christie's agents and publishers knew that the detective was one of the author's most popular characters and would return the greatest amount of money.

He also revealed a generous side to Christie, telling the magazine that the writer signed the rights for the play The Mousetrap over to him when he was aged just nine.

On October 24th, ITV will screen a new adaptation of Christie's Hallowe'en Party, which will see English actor David Suchet reprise the role of Poirot and Zoe Wanamaker star as Mrs Ariadne Oliver.
 

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