Agatha Christie

From Page to Screen

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Agatha Christie

The work of a literary great, from page to screen

Palgrave Macmillan brings you a selection of books examining one of the greatest crime fiction writers of all time. We celebrate Agatha Christie’s legacy, which spans right back to the 1920s and journeys into the present day, where her works are still adapted and enjoyed all over the world.

Browse our collection below and scroll through our timeline to see the impact Agatha Christie has made, from the publication of her first novel to modern day cartoons and sci-fi television.

If you’re an avid fan of crime fiction, we also have a vast array of scholarly texts for you to explore which discuss a number of topics within the genre including gender, Postcolonialism, globalization and many more.


Agatha Christie on Screen

Mark Aldridge

This book is a comprehensive exploration of 90 years of film and television adaptations of the world’s best-selling novelist’s work. Drawing on extensive archival material, it offers new information regarding both the well-known and forgotten screen adaptations of Agatha Christie’s stories, including unmade and rare adaptations, some of which have been unseen for more than half a century. This history offers intriguing insights into the discussions and debates that surrounded many of these screen projects – something that is brought to life through previously unpublished correspondence from Christie herself and a new wide-ranging interview with her grandson, Mathew Prichard. Agatha Christie on Screen takes the reader on a journey from little known silent film adaptations, through to famous screen productions including 1974’s Murder on the Orient Express, as well as the television series of the Poirot and Miss Marple stories and, most recently, the BBC’s acclaimed version of And Then There Were None.

Agatha Christie on Screen

Crime Files Series

Since its invention in the nineteenth century, detective fiction has never been more popular. In novels, short stories, films, radio, television and now in computer games, private detectives and psychopaths, poisoners and overworked cops, tommy gun gangsters and cocaine criminals are the very stuff of modern imagination, and their creators one mainstay of popular consciousness. Crime Files is a ground-breaking series offering scholars, students and discerning readers a comprehensive set of guides to the world of crime and detective fiction. Every aspect of crime writing, detective fiction, gangster movie, true-crime exposé, police procedural and post-colonial investigation is explored through clear and informative texts offering comprehensive coverage and theoretical sophistication.