Agatha Christie


Christie is the best-selling novelist of all time. Her novels have sold roughly 2 billion copies, and her estate claims that her works come third in the rankings of the world's most-widely published books, behind only Shakespeare's works and the Bible.  She remains the most-translated individual author, having been translated into at least 103 languages.  And Then There Were None is Christie's best-selling novel, with 100 million sales to date, making it the world's best-selling mystery ever and one of the best-selling books of all time.  Christie's stage play The Mousetrap holds the world record for longest initial run. It opened at the Ambassadors Theatre in the West End on 25 November 1952, and is still running after more than 27,000 performances.


The International Agatha Christie Festival takes place each year during September in Torquay.  As the town of her birth and where she spent much of her life, it still has close links with her heritage.


2015 was a particularly special celebration as it marked the 125th anniversary of the prolific writer's birth.


The festival is jam packed with over 100 local events celebrating the life, literature and legacy of Agatha Christie - the "Queen of Crime".  The hub of the festival is only a few hundred yards from us at Torre Abbey - an interesting place to visit at any time of the year.



There are several times throughout the year when you can enjoy one of Christie's plays as there are four local theatres - two in Torquay, one in Babbacombe and one in Paignton.  Take a look at the links to them all on our Location page which lists things to do in the area and book some tickets to co-incide with your next visit to The 25.



The Agatha Christie mile is a walk roughly along the sea front from one end of Torquay to the other.  It highlights various places she visited or wrote about, and tells you more about her life.



If you have a rainy afternoon whilst here, you could visit Torquay Museum which houses an interesting display on Christie amongst other ever changing displays.



Alternately, you could visit Kents Cavern - the caves which inspired her interest in archaeology and on which she based one of her plays.



If you're a fan, or even if you've never read one of her books, you'll still no doubt find details of her life interesting and enjoy a day out at Greenway which is the holiday home she bought and where she spent many happy years living.  It's now owned by the National Trust and we highly recommend a visit.



We're sure you'll love the English Riviera as much as Agatha did.  Come & visit us soon. 



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