Agatha Christie’s Torquay

by DJ Coode

Throughout her long life, one place in particular remained close to Agatha Christie's heart. Tucked away in the southwest corner of England is Torquay, a picturesque seaside resort. Not only was it where she spent a happy, memorable childhood, but also where she learnt about poisons and found inspiration for settings in her stories. Even the idea for her famous detective Hercule Poirot came from her hometown. I knew that to capture the essence of this most famous crime writer, I had to travel west.

Bathing and beaches

With plenty of places to visit, I chose to focus on t...

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