Welcome to the first of five features this week where I talk about just some of the women that I personally feel have helped shaped not only the literary world, but also my tastes as a reader. These are not going to be lengthy essay types – they tend to drivel on. We want our features to be short and sweet!
As a lover of crime fiction – it would be almost rude not to start with one of the most infamous female crime writers; Agatha Christie.
Born in 1890, Christie was an English crime novelist. Best known for her some 66 detective novels – most famously Hercule Poirot and Miss Marple. Christie also wrote romance novels, under the pen name of Mary Westmacott.
But it was her fiction featuring the now infam0us Hercule Poirot & Miss Marple that put Christie on the map.
Since it’s first publication in 1920 – Hercule Poirot was featured in over thirty novels and over fifty short stories. Miss Marple, first published in 1927 has been featured in twelve stories and both detectives were bought to life on the small screen.
I salute Agatha Christie – she has undoubtedly influenced a whole new generation of female authors who continue to deliver great pieces of fiction – who will then go on to influence the next generation…and the next. There is no doubt that some of the crime fiction I read today by women authors have taken influence from Christie’s work.