A report on And Then There Were None

Cover of first UK 1939 edition with original title
Cover of first US 1940 edition with current title for all English-language versions.

Mystery novel by the English writer Agatha Christie, described by her as the most difficult of her books to write.

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Cover of first UK 1939 edition with original title

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Christie in 1958

Agatha Christie

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British writer known for her 66 detective novels and 14 short story collections, particularly those revolving around fictional detectives Hercule Poirot and Miss Marple.

British writer known for her 66 detective novels and 14 short story collections, particularly those revolving around fictional detectives Hercule Poirot and Miss Marple.

Christie in 1958
Portrait of Christie entitled Lost in Reverie, by Douglas John Connah, 1894
Christie as a girl, early 1900s
Christie as a young woman, 1910s
Archie Christie, Major Belcher (tour leader), Mr. Bates (secretary) and Agatha Christie on the 1922 British Empire Expedition Tour
Daily Herald, 15 December 1926, announcing that Christie had been found—disappearing for 11 days, she was located at the Swan Hydropathic Hotel in Harrogate, Yorkshire
Christie's room at the Pera Palace Hotel in Istanbul, where the hotel claims she wrote Murder on the Orient Express
Cresswell Place, Chelsea
Blue plaque, 58 Sheffield Terrace, Holland Park, London
Winterbrook House, Winterbrook, Oxfordshire. Her final home, Christie lived here with her husband from 1934 until her death in 1976.
Christie at Schiphol Airport, 17 September 1964
Christie's gravestone at St. Mary's church, Cholsey, Oxfordshire
Greenway in Devon, Christie's summer home from 1938. The estate was used as a setting for some of her plots, including Dead Man's Folly. The final episode of Agatha Christie's Poirot was also filmed here in 2013.
An early depiction of detective Hercule Poirot, from The American Magazine, March 1933
Abney Hall, Cheshire, the inspiration for Christie novel settings such as Chimneys and Stonygates
Christie used much inspiration from her stay at the Old Cataract Hotel on the banks of the River Nile in Aswan, Egypt for her 1937 novel Death on the Nile
Memorial to Christie in central London
Graphic novel adaptations of Christie's books in various languages
Commemorative blue plaque in the West End marking The Mousetrap as the world's longest-running play

Her novel And Then There Were None is one of the top-selling books of all time, with approximately 100 million copies sold.

American film poster

And Then There Were None (1945 film)

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From left: Louis Hayward, C. Aubrey Smith, Barry Fitzgerald, Richard Haydn, Mischa Auer, and Walter Huston in And Then There Were None (1945)

And Then There Were None is a 1945 film adaptation of Agatha Christie's 1939 mystery novel of the same name, directed by René Clair.

A film poster bearing the film's title: Ten Little Indians

And Then There Were None (1974 film)

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A film poster bearing the film's title: Ten Little Indians
Courtyard of the Abbasi Hotel, as seen in the film

And Then There Were None (also known as Ten Little Indians) is a 1974 film adaptation of Agatha Christie's best-selling 1939 mystery novel of the same name.

Mystery, 1934 mystery fiction magazine cover

Mystery fiction

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Fiction genre where the nature of an event, usually a murder or other crime, remains mysterious until the end of the story.

Fiction genre where the nature of an event, usually a murder or other crime, remains mysterious until the end of the story.

Mystery, 1934 mystery fiction magazine cover
Novels by Agatha Christie

The 1920s also gave rise to one of the most popular mystery authors of all time, Agatha Christie, whose works include Murder on the Orient Express (1934), Death on the Nile (1937), and the world's best-selling mystery And Then There Were None (1939).

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And Then There Were None (TV series)

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2015 mystery thriller television serial that was first broadcast on BBC One from 26 to 28 December 2015.

2015 mystery thriller television serial that was first broadcast on BBC One from 26 to 28 December 2015.

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The three-part programme was adapted by Sarah Phelps and directed by Craig Viveiros and is based on Agatha Christie's 1939 novel of the same name.

Film poster for Desyat Negrityat

Desyat Negrityat

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Film poster for Desyat Negrityat
The Swallow's Nest
Vorontsovsky Palace
Steps of Diva Rock

Desyat Negrityat (Десять негритят, "Ten Little Negroes") is a 1987 Soviet film adaptation of Agatha Christie's 1939 novel of the same name.

A Democratic Party parody, titled The Nigger' in the Woodpile", lampooned what they said were Republican efforts to play down the antislavery plank in their 1860 platform. Republican candidate Abraham Lincoln, who had worked as a laborer splitting wooden rails as a young man, is sitting on top of the pile. Illustration believed to have been drawn by Louis Maurer.

Nigger in the woodpile

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Figure of speech originating in the United States meaning "some fact of considerable importance that is not disclosed—something suspicious or wrong".

Figure of speech originating in the United States meaning "some fact of considerable importance that is not disclosed—something suspicious or wrong".

A Democratic Party parody, titled The Nigger' in the Woodpile", lampooned what they said were Republican efforts to play down the antislavery plank in their 1860 platform. Republican candidate Abraham Lincoln, who had worked as a laborer splitting wooden rails as a young man, is sitting on top of the pile. Illustration believed to have been drawn by Louis Maurer.

The phrase was also used by a character in early editions of Christie's novel And Then There Were None (originally released under the title Ten Little Niggers), but was changed in later editions to There's a fly in the ointment.

Cover of "Negrastrákarnir", an Icelandic version of the song published in 1922

Ten Little Indians

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American children's counting out rhyme.

American children's counting out rhyme.

Cover of "Negrastrákarnir", an Icelandic version of the song published in 1922
Book cover by Frank Green, 1869

The novel was later retitled And Then There Were None (1939), and remains one of her most famous works.

UK release poster

Ten Little Indians (1965 film)

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1965 British crime mystery film directed by George Pollock.

1965 British crime mystery film directed by George Pollock.

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It is the second film version of Agatha Christie's 1939 novel.

Plot twist

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Literary technique that introduces a radical change in the direction or expected outcome of the plot in a work of fiction.

Literary technique that introduces a radical change in the direction or expected outcome of the plot in a work of fiction.

Agatha Christie's classic And Then There Were None is another famous example and includes the term as well in a murder ploy where the intended victims are made to guess that one of them will be killed through an act of treachery.