Agatha Christie novella featuring Hercule Poirot released as collector’s edition
PUBLISHED: 13:15 17 June 2014
Crime writer Agatha Christie’s grandson will sign copies of a Poirot novella at an event in Devon.
Released for the first time as a collector’s edition, Agatha Christie novella ‘Hercule Poirot and the Greenshore Folly,’ will be available for fans to enjoy this July.
On 25 June, Agatha Christie’s grandson Mathew Prichard, the artist Tom Adams and Agatha Christie expert Dr. John Curran will be signing copies of the books in an exclusive event in the shop at Greenway, Agatha Christie’s former holiday home on the banks of the River Dart.
In 1954, Agatha Christie wrote this novella with the intention of donating the proceeds to a fund set up to buy stained glass windows for her local church at Churston Ferrers, and she filled the story with references to local places, including her own holiday home of Greenway, now open to the public by the National Trust.
But having completed the novella, she decided instead to expand the story into a full-length novel, ‘Dead Man’s Folly,’ which was published two years later, and donated a Miss Marple story (‘Greenshaw’s Folly’) to the church fund instead.
Belinda Smith, Marketing and Visitor Experience Manager at the National Trust English Riviera, said: “We are so excited to be hosting this book signing at Greenway. The beautiful house and gardens, as well as the surrounding area, were such an influence on Agatha’s writing that is seems very fitting to celebrate the release of this novella here. We are also hugely excited that David Brawn, Agatha Christie Publisher at HarperCollins, will donate a signed copy of the first edition on behalf of HarperCollins to Greenway’s library of Agatha Christie books.”
Unseen for 60 years, ‘Hercule Poirot and the Greenshore Folly’ is published in a collector’s hardback edition. The book includes a jacket painting, illustrations and exclusive introduction by Tom Adams, Agatha Christie’s most famous cover artist, who is back illustrating Agatha Christie for the first time in more than 30 years.
The book will be available exclusively for independent bookstores from 19 June and will then be released tradewide on the 31 July. The book signing at Greenway will be the first time there has ever been the opportunity for a triple-signed Agatha Christie book.
Normal admissions will apply; to arrive by car, spaces must be pre-booked in advance by visiting nationaltrust.org.uk/greenway or calling 01803 842382.