Friday, May 13, 2011
Friday's Forgotten Books: The Bedside, Bathtub & Armchair Companion to AGATHA CHRISTIE Edited by Dick Riley and Pam McAllister
This anthology published in 1979, is a good accompaniment to your Christie mysteries, most especially if you're the type that can't get enough Christie lore. THE BEDSIDE, BATHTUB & ARMCHAIR COMPANION to AGATHA CHRISTIE is chock full of short pieces about Christie, her books and the movies. It has plenty of black and white photos of the book covers, scenes from some of the films, photos of Christie herself and a color section featuring a few of the movie posters. There is even a Hercule Poirot Double-Crostic (looks like a crossword puzzle). The book also has assorted short essays on various Christie related topics, for instance:
It's Not a Play, It's An Institution - THE MOUSETRAP.
Margaret Rutherford, THE UNIVERSAL AUNT.
The Poison Pen - A GUIDE TO AGATHA'S TOXIC AGENTS.
Out Of The Top Drawer Or, How They Dressed - Subtleties of the all-encompassing dress code that governed Christie's characters.
The Making of Witness for the Prosecution - In which Marlene Dietrich's pants leg gets ripped up the seam and the cast and crew sign The Secrecy Pledge.
None of it is meant, I think, to be scholarly serious and there is plenty of info about the books themselves, not to worry. I like the pix of scenes from some of the films best. There's nothing here that is startlingly new - even at the time of publication - but it is a fun compilation to add to your Agatha Christie book shelf.
Note: My copy is actually from 1979 and has the old ugly black cover. The cover shown above is a much nicer one.