Agatha Christie 1890-1976
Memorial to the writer Agatha Christie erected in 2012 at the eastern end of Cranbourn Street at the corner of St Martin's Lane.
He doesn't depart far from the 'official' view of a memorial: "to celebrate the best-selling novelist - about 3 billion copies sold - of all time". But he makes some interesting points about Agatha Christie being two people. One "a global literary, film and TV, and theatrical phenomenon". The other a "normal and conventional English lady" who was "modest" ... and "camera-shy".
The memorial shows a bust of Agatha Christie as if embossed on the cover of a large old fashioned book. As the website puts it :
"an embossed leather-bound volume such as might be found in the library in one of her stories."
I was intrigued by Ben Twiston Davies' description of how he approached making a bust of someone who died when he was five years old. He explains that he worked from photos and some film clips. Plus a recording of her voice and reading her autobiography.
He writes that: "It took me many months and six attempts to make a head that felt right."