Some unaware facts about Agatha Christie

Born in the United Kingdom in the 19th century, Christie became a prolific novelist, playwright, and even poet whose sales stats are only bested by the Bible and the works of Shakespeare. Her novels have inspired everything from films and television shows to radio broadcasts and plays. Basically, she’s iconic.

Here are some of the less known facts about Agatha Christie

She taught herself to read (before the age of 5) against her mother’s wishes.

She actually began her writing career as a poet.

She started writing detective novels, in part, to win a bet with her older sister.

She experienced some real-life mystery of her own.

She met her second husband at the site of what might be her most-recognized novel: the Orient Express.

She would often dictate her stories and then have someone else type them for her.

She would often dictate her stories and then have someone else type them for her.

She typically wrote two or three books a year.

Speaking of which: she is the best-selling novelist of all time.

She also wrote the world’s longest-running play.

She filled and kept over 100 notebooks over the course of her life.

She re-read her own novels.

Her first novel was inspired by a dare.

She mysteriously disappeared for 11 days…leading to alien abduction conspiracies.

She pursued smoking… but failed.

She had a taste for poison.

Her mother was psychic.

She once held the Guinness World Record for the world’s thickest book.

She had a passion for archaeology.

She holds another record as the first woman to surf standing up.

Her fear of poverty inspired her portrayal of money as a motive.

She was a self-proclaimed sausage machine.

Her pseudonym Mary Westmacott remained a secret for nearly two decades.

Her number of sold works outnumbers the populations of China and America (combined).

She detested marmalade pudding.

Her protagonist Hercule Poirot was adored by many people… except for Christie herself.