Agatha Christie’s Hercule Poirot will get a new life — Mathew Prichard, Agatha Christie’s grandson, commissioned Sophie Hannah to write a new novel featuring the famous detective!
A few clues about this book — yet to be titled, but to be released in September 2014: it will be set vaguely in the late 1920s, and there will be no Captain Hastings.
Not everyone is happy about this. A few comments from Guardian readers:
BifferSpice – stabbed by the people you love. people who inherit estates shouldn’t be allowed to tarnish the memories of the originals. who the hell thinks any author would be happy with the idea of someone else doing what they want with their creations when they’re not in a position to defend them anymore. just enjoy the money you didn’t earn – don’t shit all over their work too.
JesusTheTeddyBear – Urgh.
I am a fan, but it’s not like there are not that many original stories.
This is (just like the others) a simple smash and grab cash hunt and will be dire.
Massias – But Dame Agatha killed Poirot off, because precisely, she did not want a greedy writer or grand-son to do this. Hope the book is a flop.
Already, the estate has demanded (some 10 years ago) that all the French translations of AC be redone in “modern French”. The result is appalling!
demos99 – However talented the hired pen it’s just literary necrophilia and fan fiction at the end of the day. Two good reasons not to touch these cash grabs with a barge pole.
Also, comments on BBC News’ website:
Mischiefmaker – I can’t imagine I will buy the book. I think Agatha’s work should stand alone. Although I love her characters, I am happy to re-read or watch again. This just smacks of cashing in. I can’t believe she would approve.
British Resident – I heard this author on the today program this morning telling everyone pompously how much everyone liked her story outline so far.
As Agatha herself said “But surely for everything you have to love you have to pay some price”.
And this is the price. Exploitation.