Come, Tell Me How You Live: An Archaeological Memoir

  • by Agatha Christie
  • Narrated by Judith Boyd
  • 7 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Agatha Christie's personal memoirs about her travels to Syria and Iraq in the 1930s with her archaeologist husband, Max Mallowan, where she worked on the digs and wrote some of her most evocative novels.
Think you know Agatha Christie? Think again! To the world she was Agatha Christie, legendary author of best-selling whodunits. But in the 1930s she wore a different hat, travelling with her husband, renowned archaeologist Max Mallowan, as he investigated the buried ruins and ancient wonders of Syria and Iraq.
When friends asked what this strange ‘other life' was like, she decided to answer their questions by writing down her adventures in this eye-opening book.
Described by the author as a ‘meandering chronicle of life on an archaeological dig', Come, Tell Me How You Live is Agatha Christie's very personal memoir of her time spent in this breathtaking corner of the globe, living among the working men in tents in the desert where recorded human history began.
It is an altogether remarkable and increasingly poignant narrative, a fascinating, vibrant and vivid portrait of everyday life in a world now long since vanished.


What the Critics Say

"Perfectly delightful...colourful, lively and occasionally touching and thought-provoking." (Charles Osborne, Books & Bookmen)
"Good and enjoyable...she has a delightfully light touch." (Marghanita Laski, Country Life)


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

A wonderful surprise

This book transported me to a Syria that is a tad more attractive to the one displayed on the news.

I have never quite got on with Agatha Christies fiction as the plots usually annoy me. Consequently I was happy to discover she has a brilliant sense of humour. The way she captures the essence of the people she encounters on this adventure is brilliant. It has a flavour of Casablanca and Indian Jones but fun.

I have ordered her autobiography and am considering giving her fiction another go.
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- Crispin

Highly recommend-lovely story

I savoured & enjoyed this wonderful audiobook, it is funny & interesting & I totally lost myself in it.
I realise what a clever writer Agatha Christie was, in her 'whodunnits' I always follow the plot & don't pay too much attention to the writing-probably a mark of an accomplished writer.
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- Vivienne Harper

Book Details

  • Release Date: 27-08-2015
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Limited