Kristel Thornell was born in Sydney, Australia, and has also lived in Italy, Mexico, Canada, Finland and the US. Her debut novel, Night Street, co-won the 2009 Australian / Vogel Literary Award and won the Dobbie Literary Award for a first book and the Barbara Ramsden Award for best book of the year. Night Street was also a finalist for the Glenda Adams Award and the Christina Stead Prize for fiction in the NSW Premier’s Awards,and Kristell was named one of the Best Young Australian Novelists by The Sydney Morning Herald in 2011. Her short fiction, poetry, essays and reviews have appeared in a range of journals. She has completed degrees at the University of Sydney and the University of New Brunswick, and a PhD with the Writing and Society Research Group at the University of Western Sydney. She is based in upstate New York.
What really did happen to Agatha Christie during her mysterious eleven-day disappearance just as she was on the cusp of fame? An entrancing novel of creativity and grief.
Yes, she said, finally. Breaks are important. There are times when it's wiser to get away. From it all.
It was the work of a moment, on 4 December 1926, Agatha Christie of London became Teresa Neele, resident of the spa hotel, the Harrogate Hydro. With her wedding ring left behind her, and her minimal belongings unpacked, Agatha's lost days begin.
Lying to her fellow guests about the death of a husband and child, Teresa settles in to the anonymity she so fiercely desires. Until, Harry McKenna, bruised from the end of his own marriage, asks her to dance.
In this entrancing novel of creativity and grief, Kristel Thornell writes of Agatha Christie's retreat from a life that had become too difficult. With verve and sensitivity, Thornell writes when Christie could not.