John Curran on “The Hollow” pt.2

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Here is the second and final part of the exclusive article written by Dr. John Curran about the theatrical version of “Them Hollow”, our Book of the Month!

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John Curran on “The Hollow” pt.1

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How you should all know, “The Hollow” is our Book of the Month, and very kindly our friend and maximum expert of everything Christie, Dr John Curran, has gifted us with a very pretty jewel, an exclusive only for the Dumb Witnesses.  Without hesitation, let’s start diving in the first part of Dr Curran’s article!

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The Crime Museum Uncovered

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Except for the odd footprint and the few remnants of Turkish cigarette butts, Agatha Christie rarely gave us a murder mystery that wasn’t driven by the basic human nature of people. She once said, “Every murderer is probably somebody’s old friend” which makes me think that criminals do, in fact, exist among us and could potentially be one of us. More than that, a sensationalised crime sparks the curiosity of the general public and soon we’re all hooked to our tellies or furiously scrolling down our screens looking for the latest update on the current case gripping the nation. Human nature, then, has a natural tendency to be fascinated by the macabre.

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The Women of Christie (Part 1)

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Agatha Christie was born a Victorian but grew up in a time when women had one foot in a crinoline and the other down a trouser leg. The Great War came and people started toppling off their Victorian pedestals into a steadily germinating modernity. More and more women were learning how to drive, volunteering as aid during the war, running establishments and basically entering what were predominantly patriarchal roles; finally, sexual stereotypes and gender roles were being renegotiated.

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Deal Noir 2016

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All over England there are many festivals and events to celebrate the love for literature and books and as crime fiction lovers we are always looking for an occasion to share the love with other aficionados. One event that we will not miss (and neither should you) is the Deal Noir Crime Fiction Convention 2016, set in the very British sea town of Deal, Kent.

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The Real Gone Girl: The Disappearance of Agatha Christie

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Every one of us, have at least once in our lifetime, found ourselves in a situation where we feel stuck, unhappy and with no escape, even when we actually have nothing to complain about. Imagine, instead, if you had everything and you were living the life that you always dreamt about, and then out of the blue, thunder strikes and your entire existence is shaken.

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Book of the Month: Dumb Witness

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When Emily Arundell has a horrible accident, everyone blames it on her beloved dog, Bob. Miss Arundell however is afraid that it is her relatives who are trying to murder her and desperately writes to Hercule Poirot for help.  Two months later the detective receives the letter – but she is already dead. Poirot begins to investigate the sinister reasons behind her death…

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Agatha Christie and The Grand Tour

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Poster for the British Empire Exhibition, 1924. In a time were colonies were losing their importance, the propaganda was meant to make the Empire feel like a solid institution.

It doesn’t take a genius to understand how important travelling was for Agatha and how much it influenced her works during her life time. Snow Upon the Desert, her first attempt to write a novel, was set in Egypt where she stayed during her early 20s. Followed by that was Death in the CloudsMurder on the Orient Express, Death on the Nile and the controversial Passenger to Frankfurt. Frequent though were her family trips around Europe, nothing was quite like the trip she made in 1922.

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