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Agatha Christie by John Risdon

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John knows our group very well having already presented us with a number of interesting talks.

He is an excellent speaker and very knowledgeable about his subjects.

Agatha Miller was born in Torquay on 15 September 1890 into an upper-middle-class family. She was tutored at home and she developed her imagination whilst playing alone in the garden.

She enjoyed bathing in the bathing machines of the day, roller skating and amateur dramatics.

She married Archie Christie in 1914 during his leave from the fighting in France as a pilot in the Royal Flying Corps. During this war Agatha worked as a nurse in Torquay and later in the dispensary where she learnt about poisons.

Archie survived the war and joined the Colonial Service where they toured the colonies, leaving their daughter Rosalind with Agatha’s sister Mag. Archie later asked for a divorce, which Agatha reluctantly agreed to in 1928 after a period when she strangely disappeared.

She met and married Max Mallowan, an Egyptian archaeologist in 1930. She kept his records. In 1936 they bought Greenway, which was requisitioned by the 10th USA Coast Guard during WW2.


Born June 16, 1969. I have lived in Brixham since 1985. I used to be a fisherman until I suffered a spinal cord injury in May 1986. Since then I have been confined to a wheelchair. Hobbies include computing, amateur radio and carp fishing


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