In pictures: Agatha Christie: Unfinished Portrait
A collection of previously unseen and rare photographs of Agatha Christie are on display at an exhibition marking the 125th anniversary of the author's birth.
Agatha Christie: Unfinished Portrait features images from the writer's private collection to illustrate the life behind the "Queen of Crime".
Displayed alongside quotes from the author herself taken from both published and unpublished personal correspondence, here is a selection of the photographs on show.
"Oh I'm an incredible sausage machine, a perfect sausage machine! I always think it must end soon, then I'm so glad when the next one comes along and it's not so difficult to think of something new after all." (Notes from an interview for The New York Daily News)
"I remember some dolls; Phoebe, whom I did not care much for, and a doll called Rosalind or Rosy. She had long golden hair and I admired her enormously. I made my own world and my own playmates. I really do think that was a good thing. I have never all through my life, suffered from the tedium of 'nothing to do'." (An autobiography p21 and p60)
"We were like obstreperous flowers - often weeds maybe, but nevertheless all of us growing exuberantly - pressing violently up through cracks in pavements and flagstones, and in the most inauspicious place, determined to have our fill of life and enjoy ourselves, bursting out into the sunlight, until someone came and trod on us. Even bruised for a time, we would soon lift a head again."
"Roller-skating on the pier was a pastime much in vogue. The surface of the pier was extremely rough and you fell down a good deal, but it was great fun." (An Autobiography p136)
"That rushing through the water at what seems to you a speed of about two hundred miles an hour; all the way in from the far distant raft, until you arrived, gently slowing down, on the beach... It is one of the most perfect physical pleasures that I have known." (An Autobiography p309)
"I felt like a fox, hunted, my earths dug up and yelping hounds following me everywhere. I had always hated notoriety of any kind, and now I had such a dose of it that at some moments I felt I could hardly bear to go on living." (An Autobiography p364)
Agatha Christie: Unfinished Portrait is on at the Bankside Gallery in London until 6 September.