hortlisted for the @CrimeFest H.R.F. Keating Award **'A smart and highly entertaining portrait of a literary powerhouse'- THE TIMES BOOKS OF THE YEAR'A riveting portrait'- GUARDIAN BOOKS OF THE YEAR***'Christie lovers should read this biography for the same reason they read her novels.' - The Times'A model of how to combine biographical information, analysis and literary criticism into a propulsive narrative' - Daily Telegraph'Worsley's book excels in bringing a broader historical perspective to Christie's life and work, and her enthusiasm is infectious.' - ObserverMs Worsley herself writes engagingly... She combines an almost militant support for her subject with a considered analysis of her books and plays.' - Economist'Nobody in the world was more inadequate to act the heroine than I was.'Why did Agatha Christie spend her career pretending that she was 'just' an ordinary housewife, when clearly she wasn't? As Lucy Worsley says, 'She was thrillingly, scintillatingly modern'.
This book is a torn page from the History of World War II.
It cost the author 20 years of research. It cost the Greek National Resistance thousands of dead and wounded in battles and acts of sabotage that have remained unsung.
The inspiration and the leader of the unorthodox and harsh war without prisoners against the invaders was Aris; a charismatic 36 year old man with an iron will. He created ELAS, the largest volunteer army in the history of Greece, and a "Free Greece" within enslaved Europe.
But when the invaders went, Aris clashed with the political leadership of both, the Right and the Left and he took to the mountains again, where he committed suicide on June 15, 1945, hounded by all of them. (From the publisher)
"Aris was the military genius of ELAS." (C.M. Woodhouse, British Colonel in WW II)
"Of all the ELAS leaders that I met -and I met many- only Aris impressed me. He was strong, thoughtful and composed." (Adolfo Infante, Italian General in WW II)
"A monster with leadership and organizational abilities, truly superhuman." (Napoleon Zervas, Greek General and an adversary of Aris)