Mystery girl Agatha Christie

Mystery girl Agatha Christie

by marlies|dekkers

Imagine Agatha Christie, and you probably see her most famous female detective, Miss Marple: a neat old lady, snowy white hair, tweeds and pearls. Don’t be fooled! The woman who sold 2 billion copies of her books in 104 languages – outselling even the bible and William Shakespeare- lead a life filled with passion, fast-paced adventures and the wildest plot twists. “I had the firm conviction that, if I went about looking for adventure, adventure would meet me halfway.”

Agatha Mary Clarissa Christie was born in 1890 in Torquay, a seaside resort in Devon. After an idyllic, yet eccentric childhood – she never went to school, and taught herself how to read and write – the shy, but strong-willed Victorian beauty with the waist-long blonde hair was thrown into adulthood when she volunteered as a nurse during the First World War.

“I would wash all the blood,” Agatha wrote about cleaning up after amputations, “and stick [the limb] in the furnace myself.” Working as an assistant-pharmacist in the war hospital, she developed a life-long fascination with poison. It became the murder weapon in her very first detective novel, which Agatha wrote on a dare from her sister. The ‘Duchess of Death’ was born.

The first of 78 crime novels, ‘The Mysterious Affair at Styles’ already contained all the Agatha Christie trademarks: a picturesque setting, a mysterious murder, feisty female characters and a quirky but brilliant detective (Belgian sleuth Hercule Poirot, in this case). Being as much ‘whydunnits’ as ‘whodunnits’, Agatha’s stories focused on the motive rather than the murder itself. And what motive could be more lethal than love?

Agatha’s first husband was the dashing Archie Christie, a penniless aviator who rode a motorcycle and was a great dancer. Agatha, a very physical person herself, was smitten. Leaving their daughter Rosalind in England, they travelled the world, incidentally becoming the first British surfers to ride a surfboard standing up. Then, in 1926, Archie fell in love with their mutual friend Nancy Neele, right after Agatha’s mother died. One night, Agatha got in her car and drove away. When the police found her, 11 days later in a hotel in Harrogate, she claimed to suffer from amnesia. However, Agatha had been conscious enough to check in under Nancy’s name, putting onto every front page the very name her husband was desperately trying to keep out the press and the divorce courts. A plot twist only Agatha could have made up.

This ‘Gone Girl’-like disappearance marked a complete turnaround for Agatha. Up to that point in her life she had been like ‘a dog, waiting for its master to go for a walk’. But in 1927, she started really owning her life and her skills. Writing helped her define her sense of self and gave her the financial freedom to conquer the world. It became a feminist act. Agatha took off on a solo trip to the Middle East, riding the iconic Orient Express. There, she met archaeologist Max Mallowan who soon proposed to her. Agatha was 39, Max 14 years younger. “I married an archaeologist because the older I grow, the more he appreciates me,” Agatha liked to joke, but theirs was a marriage of equals which allowed both partners to blossom. Agatha helped Max during digs in Iraq and Syria, cleaning the relics – with her face cream! – and photographing them. Meanwhile, she wrote detective classics like ‘Murder on the Orient Express’ and ‘Death on the Nile’. Agatha had accomplished an amazing feat, still so rarely available to women: she had merged her personal ideal of happiness with the world’s idea of success.

Agatha never stopped writing. She died in 1976, at 85. “People should be interested in books, not their authors,” camera-shy Agatha used to say. And: “Never tell all you know—not even to the person you know best.” Still, the Mystery Girl had given herself away in her many novels. Agatha’s feminism, her egalitarian world view, yes even her love of reckless driving; it’s all there in her gutsy female characters, from brilliant daredevil Tuppence Beresford to the elderly but razor-sharp miss Marple. More than that, it is Agatha’s unbridled lust for life that still springs forth from every page she ever wrote. “I like living,” she once said. “I have sometimes been wildly, despairingly, acutely miserable, racked with sorrow; but through it all I still know quite certainly that just to be alive is a grand thing.”

 

Most loved
Sun, sand, scissor kicks

Marlies Says

Sun, sand, scissor kicks

by marlies|dekkers

I’m going on a trip and I’m bringing…
Well, unfortunately not my gorgeous personal trainer. But his sexy summer work out is a nice alternative. If you like torture, that is.

Proud Mary

Females Forward

Proud Mary

by marlies|dekkers

Crowned Queen of Scotland at only nine months of age, proud Mary Stuart (1542- 1587) was off to a flying start. A tall beauty with golden-red hair and bewitching hazel eyes, Mary was so charismatic, so brilliant with words that her cousin, Queen Elizabeth I, refused to meet her during their lifetimes for fear of being overshadowed.

Talent for Intrigue

Females Forward

Talent for Intrigue

by marlies|dekkers

Was Jane Boleyn, aka Viscountess Rochford, a villain or a victim? One thing is certain: no other woman in the 16th century was as closely associated with as many dramatic events…

Maison Marlies blog

The marlies|dekkers brand offers a wide variety of lingerie that can be worn by anyone and caters to every woman’s individual needs. Within our Maison Marlies blog you can read all about the life behind and surrounding the company. Whether you are eager to know where Marlies gets her inspiration for designing new lingerie collections, her lifestyle, healthy cooking ideas, or simply to share her taste in amazing art - you will find it in the blog. Our fearless creative director manages to find time to write about her business trips and even her shopping sprees and vacations for the times she can let her hair down for a while. And even while she is on holiday she will not leave you hanging.

Giving style advice

When you are feeling lost in finding the right fit or determine your bra size, Maison Marlies offers a set of guidelines so that you can continue shaking your bon bons without them falling out. You'll get style tips on how to wear and style your bras, and bikinis. You would not want a wardrobe malfunction which can actually be prevented when you are wearing high quality luxury lingerie. And when your breasts are kept in place in marlies|dekkers bras or bikinis, you can fully celebrate your femininity in all its glory and full potential. The blog offers advise on how to mix and match womens lingerie to boost, inspire your own fashion sense and keeps you updated on the latest fashion trends.

Marlies and friends

Her celebrity friends are also very pleased with that perfect fit a marlies|dekkers bra can offer you. These women proudly show off their marlies|dekkers lingerie sets in photoshoots for magazines, on stage when they're performing, during a cameo on tv or on the big screen in movies. Maison Marlies dedicates a special section of the blog to all gender equality related news so you are always updated about the latest developments around this special mission that embodies Marlies’ vision for the future.