Agatha Christie (1890–1976) was the Grande Dame of English crime fiction. She specialised in the detective novel. Her two most famous detectives are the Belgian, Hercule Poirot and the English spinster, Miss Marple.
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Authors who write classic children’s books are far more important than one would think. Their stories don’t only provide the stimuli that fire up a child’s imagination, thus stretching their experience, but they provide a bridge between cultures. A balanced diet of their books allows children to enter into the lives of children in other …