Book review: The 8.55 To Baghdad by Andrew Eames


The 8.55 To BaghdadThe 8.55 To Baghdad by Andrew Eames
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

From BBC radio 4 Extra:
“Her adventure had been taken at a moment of major personal change; mine was beginning at a moment that could change the world”.

In 1928, crime writer Agatha Christie made a spur-of-the-moment decision to go on holiday, alone, to Iraq. Then in her late thirties she was already a popular and successful novelist, but her 14 year marriage to Archie Christie had recently ended and her comfortable life at Sunningdale had become oppressive.

In the first of five readings from his book, Andrew Eames describes how 75 years later on, on the eve of the second Gulf War, he set out to trace Agatha’s journey and explore her reasons for making it.

Episode 2:
Retracing the crime writer’s Middle Eastern journey of 1928, Andrew Eames recalls taking the Orient Express train to Istanbul.

Episode 3:
Retracing the English crime writer’s 1928 journey to Iraq, Andrew Eames recalls stopping off for a steam bath in Damascus.

Episode 4:
Retracing the English crime writer’s 1928 journey, Andrew Eames’s coach party arrives in Baghdad on the eve of war, but the welcome from the locals is friendly.

Episode 5;
Retracing the English crime writer’s 1928 journey, Andrew Eames visits the ancient city of Ur, where Agatha met her future husband, archaeologist Max Mallowan.

Abridged by Laurence Wareing.
Producer: David Jackson Young
First broadcast on BBC Radio in 2004.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b0076m5j

Advertisements

One thought on “Book review: The 8.55 To Baghdad by Andrew Eames

Leave a Reply

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s