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Agatha Christie 1890-1976 | by Alan Stanton
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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.

 

The memorial has a website. In my view, the most thoughtful section is by the sculptor Ben Twiston-Davies.

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."

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§ Ben Twiston Davies website.

 

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Taken on August 17, 2016