The 8:55 to Baghdad
From London to Iraq on the Trail of Agatha Christie
By Andrew Eames
(Overlook Press, Hardcover, 9781585676736, 403pp.)
Publication Date: June 2005
Other Editions of This Title: Paperback
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In 1928, Agatha Christie, the world's most widely read author, was a thirty-something single mother. With her marriage to her first husband, Archie Christie, over, she decided to take a much-needed holiday; the Caribbean had been her intended destination, but a conversation at a dinner party with a couple who had just returned from Iraq changed her mind. Five days later she was off on a completely different trajectory.
Merging literary biography with travel adventure, and ancient history with contemporary world events, Andrew Eames tells a riveting tale and reveals fascinating and little-known details en route in this exotic chapter in the life of Agatha Christie. His own trip from London to Baghdad--a journey much more difficult to make in 2002 with the political unrest in the Middle East and the war in Iraq, than it was in 1928--becomes ineluctably intertwined with Agatha's, and the people he meets could have stepped out of a mystery novel.
Fans of Agatha Christie will delight in Eames' descriptions of the places and events that appeared in and influenced her fiction--and armchair travelers will thrill in the exotica of the journey itself.