Surprising facts about my favorite authors: The Agatha Christie Edition

Agatha Christie surfing. (Photo: Agatha Christie Ltd)

Agatha Christie surfing. (Photo: Agatha Christie Ltd)

Did you know that Agatha Christie and her husband may have been among the first Britons to learn how to surf standing up?* Me either.

According to Pete Robinson, founder of the Museum of British Surfing, Agatha Christie and her first husband, Archie, learned to surf while on a world tour to promote the British Empire Exhibition of 1924.

They first encountered surf boards on the beaches of South Africa in January 1922, but it wasn’t until Christie and her husband landed in Waikiki, Hawaii in August that they mastered the art of surfing while standing up.

*She wasn’t the very first. That honor apparently belongs to Prince Edward. At least, so far.

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About Shala Howell

Writer of things ranging from optical network switching white papers to genetic testing patient education materials to historical fiction set in an 1880s asylum. When I’m not scratching my head over pesky characters who refuse to do things how I want them done or dreaming of my next book (which will of course be much easier to write than the current one), my writerly self can be found blogging about life with a very curious Ten-Year-Old at Caterpickles.com, or musing about books and the writing life at BostonWriters.wordpress.com.
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