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04 September 2023 👁 73
The First "Agatha Annotated" Presentation Is a Get-to-Know-Poirot Talk

The First "Agatha Annotated" Presentation Is a Get-to-Know-Poirot Talk

I've been prepping a PowerPoint presentation to take Agatha Annotated on the road and I'm about to give it for the first time. Wish me luck!

Export event9/13/2023 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM  
15 August 2023 👁 71
Enticing Author Fair Attendees with an Eye-Catching Table and Friendly Conversation

Enticing Author Fair Attendees with an Eye-Catching Table and Friendly Conversation

For my first author fair since January of 2020, I’m putting together a new table arrangement and reviewing tips and techniques. If you also have an event coming up, maybe my prep will help you, too!

01 August 2023 👁 65
Looking Back at How a Nice Cuppa Figures in Agatha Christie's Novels

Looking Back at How a Nice Cuppa Figures in Agatha Christie's Novels

Already by page four of her first novel, The Mysterious Affair at Styles, Agatha Christie has her characters sitting down to afternoon tea. It’s certainly not an unusual event since the entire world is familiar with this cherished English stereotype, but it is amusing to count how many times Christie’s characters meet for tea.

18 July 2023 👁 62
How to Face the News Release: What's News and Where to Release It

How to Face the News Release: What's News and Where to Release It

I have always preferred “news release” to “press release” because that helps me keep the purpose of the release top-of-mind and gives my release a better shot at being picked up.

04 July 2023 👁 78
In "The Secret Adversary," Bobbed Hair Was Simply the Cat's Pyjamas

In "The Secret Adversary," Bobbed Hair Was Simply the Cat's Pyjamas

We first see Tommy and Tuppence when they bump into each other at the entrance to the Dover Street Tube. Agatha Christie describes Tuppence as “elfin” with “black bobbed hair,” a look that was extremely popular in 1922 when the book was published.

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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. 

Anybody can be a member and gain access to this rich glossary. Visit the Community page to learn the details.

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.

Kate will be adding to the database and members get the new terms and definitions first before the second volume is printed, plus members can comment and ask questions about the terms and Kate and other members can reply.

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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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