We are delighted to announce a special event on 7th June at 6:30pm at Browns Judges Court, where we have a panel of Agatha Christie experts who will be discussing the Queen of Crime, her far-reaching influence over crime fiction and golden age crime itself. We can’t wait!
Our panel, sponsored by GAMMA, will be made up of none other than Sophie Hannah, internationally bestselling author, and indeed author of the first new Hercule Poirot mysteries since Agatha Christie’s death, Ragnar Jónasson, bestselling author of the Snowblind crime series and lifelong Agatha Christie fan. Ragnar has translated 14 of Agatha Christie’s titles into Icelandic. We will also have John Curran, Edgar-nominated author of Agatha Christie’s Secret Notebooks (2009) which won the 2011 Agatha, Anthony and Macavity Awards and his Agatha Christie’s Murder in the Making (2011) was also nominated for all four awards, and then finally, to make up our panel we have Agatha Christie’s own great-grandson, James Prichard, executive chairman of Agatha Christe Ltd, the company that manages the literary and media rights to Agatha Christie’s works around the world.
There is truly no better crew to be in a position to discuss all things Agatha Christie, how her writing has influenced their own and so many other writers around the world and everything in between. We hope you’ll be able to join us for this one of a kind event. It promises to be fascinating.
Sophie Hannah is an internationally bestselling crime fiction writer. Her crime novels have been translated into 34 languages and published in 51 countries. Her psychological thriller The Carrier won the Specsavers National Book Award for Crime Thriller of the Year in 2013. In 2014 and 2016, Sophie published The Monogram Murders and Closed Casket, the first new Hercule Poirot mysteries since Agatha Christie’s death, both of which were national and international bestsellers. Sophie’s novels The Point of Rescue and The Other Half Lives have been adapted for television as Case Sensitive, starring Olivia Williams and Darren Boyd. Sophie is also a bestselling poet who has been shortlisted for the TS Eliot award. Her poetry is studied at GCSE and A-level throughout the UK. Sophie is an Honorary Fellow of Lucy Cavendish College, Cambridge. She lives in Cambridge with her husband, two children and dog.
Ragnar Jónasson is author of the international bestselling Dark Iceland series. His debut Snowblind went to number one in the kindle charts shortly after publication, and Nightblind, Blackout and Rupture soon followed suit, hitting the number one spot in five countries, and the series being sold in 15 countries and for TV. Ragnar was born in Reykjavik, Iceland, where he continues to work as a lawyer. He also teaches copyright law at Reykjavik University and has previously worked on radio and television, including as a TV-news reporter for the Icelandic National Broadcasting Service. Ragnar is a member of the UK Crime Writers’ Association (CWA) and set up its first overseas chapter in Reykjavik. He is also the co-founder of the international crime-writing festival Iceland Noir. From the age of 17, Ragnar translated 14 Agatha Christie novels into Icelandic. He has appeared on festival panels worldwide, and lives in Reykjavik with his wife and young daughters.
John Curran’s Edgar-nominated Agatha Christie’s Secret Notebooks (2009) won the 2011 Agatha, Anthony and Macavity Awards and his Agatha Christie’s Murder in the Making (2011) was also nominated for all four awards. A life-long crime-fiction enthusiast, he acted as consultant to the National Trust during the renovation of Christie’s former home, Greenway House. His PhD thesis on Christie and the Golden Age of Detection was awarded by Trinity College, Dublin where he lives. He is currently working on a book, due for publication mid-2018, celebrating Collins Crime Club.
James Prichard became the Executive Chairman of Agatha Christie Limited in 2015, having been a Director of the company since 2009.
Agatha Christie Limited (ACL) has been managing the literary and media rights to Christie’s works around the world since 1955, working with the best talents in film, television, publishing, stage and on digital platforms to ensure that Christie’s work continues to reach new audiences in innovative ways and to the highest standard.
Driving an exciting, fresh direction for the brand, James oversees all divisions of the company, which includes a growing film slate. James is an Executive Producer on the major motion picture adaptation of Christie’s acclaimed mystery, Murder on the Orient Express. Produced by 20th Century Fox and directed by five-time Academy Award nominee Kenneth Branagh, who will also star as Poirot. Branagh helms an all-star cast that includes Judi Dench, Johnny Depp, Michelle Pfeiffer, Penelope Cruz, Olivia Colman, Willem Dafoe, Daisy Ridley, Tom Bateman, Derek Jacobi, Josh Gad, Leslie Odom Jr, Sergei Polunin and Lucy Boynton. It will have a worldwide release on 10th November 2017.
Prior to his appointment to Executive Chairman, James spent his early career at HarperCollins where he progressed through the ranks to Commercial Director, a position he held until 2009. Following this he set up his own business, The Langtail Press, bringing back out of print crime books from such authors as John Dickson Carr, Anthony Berkeley and Ellery Queen. James is Chairman of the charity Paintings in Hospitals, which has a collection of art works that it loans to health care sites throughout the UK.