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Saturday, December 26, 2009

Christie at Christmas part 2: Penguin Books

Penguin Books honoured a handful of popular writers by publishing ten titles simultaneously in editions of 100,000. Agatha Christie was the first author so honoured, with Ngaio Marsh, Margery Allingham, Carter Dickson and Simeon following. Christie's books were reprinted within months and a second batch of ten followed in 1953, chosen by Christie herself as amongst her favourites. A number of single titles followed (and, indeed, had predated the first batch of ten). Here's a selection.

1st 10 (issued in 1948)

682 Appointment with Death
683 The ABC Murders
684 The Murder of Roger Ackroyd
685 Lord Edgware Dies
686 The Murder at the Vicarage
687 The Seven Dials Mystery
688 Peril at End House
689 Murder on the Orient Express
690 The Sittaford Mystery
691 The Mystery of the Blue Train

2nd 10 (issued in 1953)

924 The Body in the Library
925 Crooked House
926 Death Comes as the End
927 Death on the Nile
928 The Labours of Hercules
929 Miss Marple and the Thirteen Problems
930 The Moving Finger
931 The Mysterious Mr Quin
932 Parker Pyne Investigates

Singletons

6 The Mysterious Affair at Styles
61 The Murder on the Links
1099 Murder in Mesopotamia
1196 The Big Four
1256 Ten Little Niggers
1637 Murder in the Mews and other stories

1 comment:

Mike W said...

Extremely interesting, as always, Steve. Happy Christmas!