Tapes of Agatha Christie Unearthed
Her grandson Mathew Prichard stumbled upon 27 of the half-hour long tapes in a
dusty cardboard box as he cleaned out a storeroom in Greenway, the Georgian
property overlooking the Dart estuary in Devon that Christie called “the
loveliest place in the world”.
The tapes, which nobody knew existed, are the raw material on which part of
her autobiography was based.
Working alone at her own unhurried pace, the ageing Christie dictated the
tapes on a Grundig Memorette machine in the mid 1960s.
Her rich, authoritative voice offers a wealth of insights into her life and
how she developed her most beloved characters.
Among them is her description of Jane Marple – and how she partially based the
genteel sleuth on her grandmother.
Laura Thompson, author of the biography ‘Agatha Christie: An English Mystery’, said the “extraordinary” find was of great value because Christie
rarely gave interviews, the Telegraph further reports. “She did speak on the radio to the BBC a couple of times in the 1950s but
she did very, very little. It is a thrill to hear her voice.” That I must echo…. (warning: popup audio link, but worth it)