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Agatha Christie was a 'perfectly normal grandmother'

11th May 2010

Crime fiction author Agatha Christie was a 'perfectly normal grandmother' who was also a 'marvellous listener'.

According to Christie's grandson Matthew Pritchard, the author was never 'locked away in a room with only her typewriter'.

However, Christie's grandson told the Yorkshire Evening Post that he was a 'very energetic child and so I suppose even if she had wanted to she could never have written when I was around'.

He added the renowned writer was also extremely concerned about the detrimental impact television was having on children's imaginations and did her utmost to get her grandchildren reading.

Commenting on the TV adaptations of many of Christie's novels, Pritchard told the news provider: 'Eventually my grandmother was less able to deal with all the requests she received from TV companies and theatres.'

Earlier this year, special needs author Clare Allan told the Guardian that it isn't snobbish to insist that Anna Karenina and Crime and Punishment offer more to the reader than Christie's Murder on the Orient Express.

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