Historian Lucy Worsley on Agatha Christie, Jane Austen, and the bubble bath with choc

Lucy Worsley works at Hampton Court Palace, London, as principal curator at the Royal Palaces History of Charity, and hosts the BBC’s Lady Killers podcast. She wrote about the history of detective fiction in A Very British Murder before embarking on a biography of Queen Victoria, Jane Austen, and – most recently – Agatha Christie: A Very Elusive Woman, published by Hodder & Stoughton. Lucy will appear at MurderOne in Dún Laoghaire LexIcon, Co Dublin, on Friday at 7:30pm.

Your bedside book?

I’m reading Looking for Mary Seacole by Helen Rappaport, a book that peels layers of mystery out of the heroine’s life during the Crimean War. I love history books like this that depict the author’s travels through the archives.

The first book you remember?

Naughty Amelia Jane! by Enid Blyton. We visited a bookstore during a trip to my grandmother in Yorkshire, and I was spotted stacking it up even though no one realized I could read. I think it has to be paid, because I obviously consumed at least half of it.

Your book of the year?

It has to be Marple: Twelve New Storiescollection in which 12 of today’s best suspense writers, from Dreda Say Mitchell to Jean Kwok, imagine [Agatha Christie] new story characters. Recently, I met with a few writers for a small celebration in which we enjoyed cherry brandy for Miss Marple.

Your favorite literary character?

Snufkin, from Tove Jansson’s Moominland. I liked his independence, his quiet wisdom, his love of walking alone in the rain forest, and his pointy little hat. My personal memory of when Agatha Christie’s biography hit the bestseller list is putting on her own pointy rain hat and going out for a walk alone in the dripping park.

The book that changed your life?

The late Mark Girouard’s Life in the English country house. I stumbled across it in a library when I was just finishing my history program, and it changed my life. It made me want to do a PhD in social history and it led to my career working in historic houses.

The book you can’t finish?

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Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin. I really tried, because I like Tolkien, and thought it would be like that.

Read your Covid comfortably?

I can’t have enough of my mid-century female novelists: Elizabeth Bowen, Rosamond Lehmann, Elizabeth Jane Howard, Elizabeth Taylor, Barbara Pym. My idea of ​​paradise is to read one of them in a bubble bath while also eating choc ice.

The book you gave as a gift?

I just hope that Robert Harris and Dan Jones never stop writing. They provide me with a full range of gifts for that certain family member who always wants the latest gift. Keep it up, gentlemen! Otherwise, I may have to expend precious energy to become a little more imaginative in my gift-giving.

Writers who shaped you?

Jane Austen. I reread her endlessly because of her wit and wisdom. I hope to learn Anne’s patience and humility one day in Convince. Meanwhile, I tried to suppress the unpleasant qualities of Emma Woodhouse that I found in myself too easily.

The book you most want to be remembered for?

I hope I’ll be remembered for books that take a sympathetic look at the subjects that are sometimes labeled as “difficult women” in the box. Jane Austen and Agatha Christie aroused my admiration and also a very small, very inappropriate sense of belonging.

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