The 8:55 to Baghdad

The 8:55 to Baghdad

[from London to Iraq on the Trail of Agatha Christie]

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Penguin Putnam
Merging literary biography with travel adventure, and ancient history with contemporary world events, Andrew Eames tells a riveting tale and reveals fascinating and little-known details en route in this exotic chapter in the life of Agatha Christie. His own trip from London to Baghdad - a journey much more difficult to make in 2002 with the political unrest in the Middle East and the war in Iraq, than it was in 1928 - becomes ineluctably intertwined with Agatha's, and the people he meets could have stepped out of a mystery novel. Fans of Agatha Christie will delight in Eames' descriptions of the places and events that appeared in and influenced her fiction - and armchair travelers will thrill in the exotica of the journey itself.

Random House, Inc.
In 1928, Agatha Christie, the world's most widely read author, was a thirty-something single mother. With her marriage to her first husband, Archie Christie, over, she decided to take a much-needed holiday; the Caribbean had been her intended destination, but a conversation at a dinner party with a couple who had just returned from Iraq changed her mind. Five days later she was off on a completely different trajectory.

Merging literary biography with travel adventure, and ancient history with contemporary world events, Andrew Eames tells a riveting tale and reveals fascinating and little-known details en route in this exotic chapter in the life of Agatha Christie. His own trip from London to Baghdad—a journey much more difficult to make in 2002 with the political unrest in the Middle East and the war in Iraq, than it was in 1928—becomes ineluctably intertwined with Agatha's, and the people he meets could have stepped out of a mystery novel.

Fans of Agatha Christie will delight in Eames' descriptions of the places and events that appeared in and influenced her fiction—and armchair travelers will thrill in the exotica of the journey itself.



WW Norton
With her marriage to her first husband, Archie Christie, over, she decided to take a much-needed holiday; the Caribbean had been her intended destination, but a conversation at a dinner party with a couple who had just returned from Iraq changed her mind
In 1928, Agatha Christie, the world's most widely read author, was a thirty-something single mother.

Baker & Taylor
A dual literary biography and travelogue inspired by Agatha Christie's 1928 ride on the Orient Express follows the author's recreation of Christie's train ride to the Middle East, a journey during which he encountered modern dangers and a host of colorful fellow travelers.

Baker
& Taylor

A dual literary biography and travelogue follows the author's recreation of Agatha Christie's 1928 train ride on the Orient Express, a journey during which he encountered modern dangers and colorful fellow travelers.

Publisher: New York : Overlook Press, 2005
ISBN: 9781585676736
158567673X
Characteristics: 403 p. ; 21 cm
Alternative Title: Eight fifty-five to Baghdad

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