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20 February 2024 👁 66
Even More Tips for Your Best-Ever Author Presentations

Even More Tips for Your Best-Ever Author Presentations

Public speaking is hard for many of us, but since it’s good for marketing books, read on for a few more tips to make it easier.

13 February 2024 👁 46
New E-Book Release!

New E-Book Release!

Gnu Ventures Publishing is excited to announce the release of Agatha Christie’s The Mysterious Affair at Styles, annotated with the words and phrases from Kate’s book, Agatha Annotated: Investigating the Books of the 1920s.

06 February 2024 👁 62
Looking Back at the Rise and Fall of the Uniquely English Music Hall

Looking Back at the Rise and Fall of the Uniquely English Music Hall

The popularity of music halls was already fading by the time Agatha Christie started publishing novels, but they were still an entertainment option and Christie mentions them twice in the 1920s books. Tommy suggests relaxing at a music hall to Tuppence in “The Unbreakable Alibi” and Arthur Hastings’ love interest in Murder on the Links seems to have been a music hall performer.

16 January 2024 👁 70
Handling Artificial Intelligence When Writing: A Valuable Tool or a Cheat?

Handling Artificial Intelligence When Writing: A Valuable Tool or a Cheat?

My day job is with a web development company and while the coders here find AI useful, my writer colleagues are less enthused. Here’s how I’m experimenting before making a decision.

02 January 2024 👁 74
Before Agatha Christie Wrote about Poison, She Handed Out Drugs

Before Agatha Christie Wrote about Poison, She Handed Out Drugs

In October of 1914, just a few weeks after her twenty-fourth birthday, Agatha Miller signed up to be a volunteer with the British Red Cross. War in Europe had been declared at the tail end of July, with England joining the fight within days. Agatha’s fiancĂ©, Archie, was deployed in August and already large numbers of injured soldiers were returning to England for care. No doubt, Agatha’s desire to serve was a patriotic as well as a personal response.

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What is Agatha Annotated?

This website is the home of the Agatha Christie database as annotated by Kate Gingold, hence the name Agatha Annotated.

It's a rich glossary of

  • nearly 1900 terms
  • over 200 illustrations
  • 347 French phrases

Kate found them while reading Agatha Christie novels, and wrote them, along with definitions curated from years of research, into this database.

Currently the first 11 Christie books, those she wrote in the 1920s, are annotated here. 

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We took the 1920s terms and published a book, Agatha Annotated: Investigating the Books of the 1920s, now available on Amazon in Paperback or Kindle format.

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Annotator Kate Gingold

Kate Gingold

... has been a huge fan of the works of Agatha Christie her entire adult life. Christie's vivid descriptions of picturesque English life in the early-to-mid twentieth century fascinated Kate, but many of the people and places were unfamiliar to her. A writer herself, as well as a researcher and historian with several local history books to her credit, Kate began a list of these strange words and set out to define them. Now, Christie fans like you and all those who come after will be able to fully enjoy the richness of Agatha Christie novels with their own copy of Agatha Annotated.

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