Measuring in at just over a foot long, Agatha Christie's spine is now - according to the Guinness Book of Worlds Records - the longest in history! The spine of the recently released Complete Miss Marple books that is...


Harper Collins UK has gathered all 12 books and 20 short stories in this massive, 4000-plus page tome. The 500 copy, limited edition book features hand sewn signatures, Winton leather casing, and four silk ribbon place holders. Also included is a map of St. Mary Mead based on Christie's description from The Body in the Library. Kate Mosse, author of Labyrinth and a die hard Christie fan, adds the introduction. And, all this for a mere £ 1000.00 which, at the current rate of exchange, is $1571.50.


All well and good, but how the heck do you read it? On your lap? I've no idea what it actually weighs, but 4000 pages of leather bound parchment seems a tad unwieldy. Did I mention it's housed in its own specially made wooden box which must only add to the tonnage? Not to be overtly stereotypical, but the thought of the average Christie fan - imagine Agatha herself if you will - lugging around this volume is borderline comedic.


Any interest in adding this behemoth to your library, or I guess it could be your library?



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by Moderator becke_davis on ‎06-08-2009 12:45 PM
I HAVE it in my library, albeit in individual editions rather than the Behemoth from Hell. WHY would anyone want it in one edition? That sucker is going to be too heavy to lift, much less read. How many forests did they fell to create this monstrosity?
by on ‎06-08-2009 02:41 PM

Found a picture of it. Evidently, you can read it on your lap...



by Moderator Melissa_W on ‎06-08-2009 03:00 PM
That is entirely too ridiculous. (But I do like the retro styling of the model in the picture)
by Moderator becke_davis on ‎06-08-2009 04:35 PM

Reminder to self: must remember to put white gloves on before reading.


But, yes, pedsphleb, she does look kind of cool! 

by on ‎06-08-2009 04:45 PM
Ok that's way too cumbersome. Imagine carring that around all day on your back.
by on ‎06-09-2009 12:02 AM
To be truthful as a fan, if I could afford it (which there is no way on Earth I could, I mean do I buy a book I would never read or eat)  I would buy it in a second.  I would never read it  however just having it (for the odd looks you would get from your friends) would be enough for me. 
by on ‎06-09-2009 07:42 AM

Speaking of Christie, two never before publish Poirot stories have been found among her notebooks. More here.

by on ‎06-09-2009 05:00 PM
Thanks Paul
by on ‎06-09-2009 08:32 PM

My pleasure, Ryan.


We also have some great stuff coming at the end of the month and through July regarding Christie and PBS Masterpiece Mystery. See this link in our Mystery Board.

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