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Blue plaque for Agatha Christie's Oxford home


Dame Agatha's grandson remembers his childhood

A blue plaque has been unveiled at the former Oxfordshire home of renowned crime writer Dame Agatha Christie.

The celebrated novelist lived in Winterbrook Lodge, Winterbrook near Wallingford, with her husband Sir Max Mallowan. She died in 1976.

Dame Agatha created the fictional detectives Hercule Poirot and Miss Marple. She has sold more than two billion novels around the world.

The plaque was unveiled by her grandson Mathew Prichard CBE on Saturday.

Film adaptations

Classics titles, including Death on the Nile and Evil Under the Sun, spawned a host of TV and film adaptations.

Agatha Mary Clarissa Miller was born at Torquay. She wrote her first detective story The Mysterious Affair at Styles in 1920, introducing Hercule Poirot.

Murder at the Vicarage in 1930 saw the creation of Miss Marple.

Altogether, she wrote more than 100 novels, stories and plays.

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