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By TrevBatWCC    
Torquay is most famous for being the birthplace of my favourite author, novelist Agatha Christie D.B.E. She was born Agatha Mary Clarissa Miller on15th September 1890 and went on to marry Archibald Christie. Following their divorce, Agatha eventually re-married archaeologist Max Edgar Lucien Mallowan, yet retained the name Christie for her writing. They remained married until her death in 1976.
I stumbled upon this statue whilst wandering around Torquay, and it's located on Palk Street. Created by sculptor Carol van den Boom-Cairns, it was unveiled 10th September 1990 by Agatha’s daughter, Rosalind Hicks, to commemorate Agatha's birth 100 years earlier, almost exactly to the date.
I thought it suited mono rather than colour but included the original colour image in the version.

Many thanks to Moira (mrswoolybill) for her User Award on my previous upload, What a load of bowls! , most appreciated 🏆👍
I stand corrected by Malc (saltireblue), in my write-up notes in that previous upload, the sport is bowls, not bowling as I quoted, the latter would be frowned on by bowls players - thanks Malc!! 👍

Raw images processed in Adobe Camera Raw, tweaked in Nik Collection's Viveza 2 and Photoshop Elements 14.

Thanks again to everyone for your vote & comments on my previous uploads, it really is appreciated and encouraging 👍

Trev 😀

Tags: Devon Torquay Statue Black and white Agatha christie

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7 Aug 2019 11:18AM
Saastad Plus
2 16 15 Norway
7 Aug 2019 11:49AM
Two very fine versions and some nice history too!

Arne Smile
saltireblue Plus
11 12.6k 79 Norway
7 Aug 2019 12:40PM
That makes two famous people I know of who are from Torquay - your subject today, and Basil Fawlty.
The lead b&w conversion is the better of the two, I feel, without the distraction of colour.
Joline Plus
15 38 59 United States
7 Aug 2019 12:49PM
She was a master of mystery, and such enjoyable tales she told!
I like the mono better I think.
7 Aug 2019 1:27PM
Excellent like the mono
Jasper87 Plus
11 2.8k 158 England
7 Aug 2019 2:26PM
Colour, just to be different, Trev. The statue is virtually mono anyway, the colour around makes it stand out more.
cats_123 Plus
17 5.1k 30 Northern Ireland
7 Aug 2019 3:57PM
A herd of wildebeest would be difficult to sculpt, so an Agatha bust is probably more fitting...a great storyteller. The books are just as enthralling as the films/TV adaptations 😁
7 Aug 2019 4:15PM
I specialize in murders of quiet, domestic interest.
~ Agatha Christie
p.s. her books were tremendously popular with English language students in the Soviet Union
there was even a screen adaptation of the Ten Little Niggers filmed in 1987

Mollycat Plus
8 21 2 United Kingdom
7 Aug 2019 5:22PM
The towns most famous resident Trev and a lovely bust. Like Dave I go for the version.
Irishkate 11 45 121 United Kingdom
7 Aug 2019 5:23PM
A fine sculpture for an old favourite author - her plots although clever are so much simpler than some murder/mystery I have read of late. How do those authors think up their plots?
7 Aug 2019 9:05PM
Excellent tribute to this famous mistery author,i will go for the lead Trev, mono has the perfect mood👍

Lillian Plus
12 23 17 United Kingdom
7 Aug 2019 10:39PM
has to be the mono well captured
7 Aug 2019 10:52PM
Not a 'literary' author but a cracking story teller. There are those who are rather dismissive of her technique and style (fair enough) but my impression is that she didn't try to be a 'literary' author. She knew where her strengths lay and my word she can engage her readers by constructing plots in a way that leaves me wondering how she wove it all together. Regardless of style her stories are built on good, solid 'narrative engineering' and satisfy a need most of have for an engaging and thought provoking tale. Better a good plate of well cooked fish and chips than a half baked attempt at nouvelle cuisine!!! SmileSmileSmile
Lovely images Trevor and, given the subject matter, I think it's the mono which works best.
Funnily enough I’ve just watched Murder Most Foul with Margaret Rutherford in the title role of Miss Marple
Brilliant film and I do like both images .


Maiwand 15 3 73 England
8 Aug 2019 4:05PM
She may be gone but she has enriched all our lives with her work.
bliba Plus
16 2 Austria
9 Aug 2019 8:23AM
mono suits very well
have a good weekend

Chinga Plus
11 3 2 United Kingdom
11 Aug 2019 1:52AM
Good images and good informative write up Trev...
Isabel GrinGrin
dales Plus
6 13 Australia
15 Aug 2019 11:15AM
Wonderful historical find & capture Trev , interesting background information

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