After a special Festival supper, Professor Bran Nicol will lure us into the world of Christie’s murder-mysteries, in particular The Murder of Roger Ackroyd, first published in 1926 and the third novel to feature Hercule Poirot as lead detective. The novel is famous for its startling ending and was voted, 87 years later in 2013, as the best crime novel ever by the British Crime Writers’ Association. Also featured will be Endless Night, published in 1967, and one of Christie’s own favourites. This is a murder-mystery set around Gypsy’s Acre, a field located on a shadowy Welsh moorland.
Professor Bran Nicol is Head of the School of Literature and Languages at the University of Surrey.