Sir Max Mallowan; Agatha Christie

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Sir Max Mallowan; Agatha Christie

by Lord Snowdon
gelatin silver print, 1974
11 7/8 in. x 8 3/4 in. (303 mm x 222 mm) image size
Given by Antony Charles Robert Armstrong Jones, 1st Earl of Snowdon, 2013
Primary Collection
NPG P1859

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Following the divorce from her first husband, Archibald Christie, Agatha accompanied her second husband, archeologist Mallowan on his expeditions, which inspired books such as Murder on the Orient Express (1934) and Death on the Nile (1937), as well as the creation of a new detective, Miss Marple. The couple are shown here at their home Winterbrook House at Wallingford where Christie wrote until 1970 and from which Mallowan continued as trustee, advisor and contributor to several publications.

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Current affairs

28 people are killed and hundreds injured in the IRA pub bombings. Two pubs in Guilford popular with army personnel were attacked with gelignite bombs, followed by a pub in Woolwich and then two in Birmingham. 17 people, known as the Guilford Four, the Maguire Seven and the Birmingham Six, were arrested for the bombing but all were eventually found to have been wrongfully imprisoned.

Art and science

John Le Carré publishes his classic spy thriller, Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy. The novel was later made into a BBC miniseries starring Alec Guinness.

International

A one party communist state is established in Ethiopia after a committee of military officers known as the Derg depose Halie Selassie from power.
Greek Cypriot officers depose President Archbishop Makarios III in a coup d'etat sponsored by the Greek Government. Taking advantage of the situation, Turkey sent troops to occupy half the island, proclaiming the Turkish Federal State of Cyprus the following year.

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