Famous Agatha Christie fans – including authors Kate Mosse [pictured], Val McDermid, and Sophie Hannah, Hercule Poirot actor David Suchet and former tennis player Greg Rusedski – are supporting a campaign to find the world’s favourite Christie novel to celebrate the author’s 125th anniversary.
The celebrity fans – who also include comedian and novelist David Baddiel and chef Marcus Wareing - have made short films championing their favourites. The full list of their favourites is available online and the public can now join in the vote, which aims to find the definitive favourite Agatha Christie book.
Fans will also be encouraged to submit their own videos championing their personal favourites and be part of the conversation on social media using the hashtag #faveChristie. Votes will close on 31st May and the winning novel will be announced at the beginning of September, Christie’s birthday month.
Mathew Prichard, Christie’s grandson and chairman of Agatha Christie Limited, who manage the rights to Agatha Christie’s works, said: “It’s exciting to see, almost 40 years after her death, that my grandmother’s books are still so popular. Her fans come from around the world, and from diverse walks of life, and we’re looking forward to hearing from them wherever they are. I’m intrigued to see which book unites them as their favourite.”
Hilary Strong, managing director of Agatha Christie Limited, added: “AWith this poll, and other activities during this significant anniversary year, we will celebrate her legacy with existing fans and hope to introduce her stories to a new generation of readers and viewers alike.”
The World’s Favourite Christie poll is part of a year-long international celebration of Christie’s life, legacy and literature, which also includes 125 Stories, a call for fans to share their anecdotes of how Christie has inspired them. Other celebrations will see more than 50,000 high school students receiving copies of Agatha Christie books from the government in Brazil. Istanbul will host a three-day festival in the author’s honour and in Hamburg, the Model Village visitor attraction will recreate mini murder scenes from Agatha Christie novels. The International Agatha Christie Festival will take place in Torquay from 11th to 19th September and will include celebrations on the writer’s birthday, 15th September.