Friday, June 12, 2009

Agatha Christie - The Complete Miss Marple

A new volume of the works of detective fiction writer Agatha Christie has set a new world record for the book with the thickest spine. Measuring over a foot long, with 4,032 pages, the volume contains the complete Miss Marple stories which means all twelve novels and twenty short stories.

Produced as a special limited edition the volume is bound by Cedric & Chivers Period Bookbinding, cased in Winters Wintan leather, blocked in gold on the front and spine, with head and tail bands, four silk ribbon markers to keep your place. There have been just 500 made and each volume comes complete with a suede-lined wooden box and copy of the Guinness World records certificate.

The Complete Miss Marple contains a newly commissioned map of St Mary Mead by Nicolette Caven who based her map on Christie’s description of St Mary Mead from The Body in the Library with additional details from other Miss Marple works.

The Complete Miss Marple limited edition retails at £1000 and are obtainable from Harper Collins +44 (0)844 576 8112 or

HarperCollins have been busy as also up their sleeves is the publication of a book based on the contents of Agatha Christie's 73 working notebooks. Written by Agatha Christie archivist, John Curran, in close conjunction with the Christie Archive Trust which owns the notebooks, this new book not only uncovers the details behind many of Agatha Christie’s famous books but also includes for the first time two complete Hercule Poirot short stories that have never before been published. This book lifts the lid on Agatha Christie’s biggest secret – how her pencilled notes, lists and drafts led to her many successful books, plays and stories. Alternative plots, titles and characters, deleted scenes, even her plans for the books she didn’t get to write – John Curran’s investigation reveals a wealth of unpublished material, including two complete Hercule Poirot short stories never before published: "The Mystery of the Dog’s Ball" and the unseen "Thirteenth Labour of Hercules"!

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

The Olympia Bookfair 4th-6th June 2009

The 52nd Antiquarian Book Fair is at Olympia from Thursday 4th to Saturday 6th June 2009. The opening hours are:

Thurs 4pm to 9pm
Fri 11am to 7pm
Sat 11am to 5:30pm (which is earlier than Saturday closing time last year)

Olympia 2 Hammersmith Road,London W14 8UX

The Bookfair website is here and you can print out a complimentary ticket from here. Ibooknet member Stephen Foster will be there, at Stand 19, which is, he says, about as far from the entrance if you can get.
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