Murder on the Orient Express

Agatha Christie

Illustrated by Andrew Davidson

One of the most celebrated Hercule Poirot novels, Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express is presented as a glorious Folio Society edition illustrated by Andrew Davidson.

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A curious group of passengers is assembled on the Istanbul–Calais coach of the Simplon Orient Express. They include a Russian princess, an Italian salesman, an English colonel … and Hercule Poirot. The morning after the train is stopped dead by a deep snowdrift, American millionaire Mr Ratchett is found stabbed to death, his compartment bolted on the inside. It is clear that the murderer must be one of his fellow passengers and must therefore still be on the train. One of Christie’s most famous novels, Murder on the Orient Express boasts a truly audacious solution and has kept readers rapt since it was first published in 1934. This edition is published in series with our other Poirot mysteries and features a blocked binding and arresting illustrations by Andrew Davidson.

‘The murderer is with us – on the train now ...’

Bound in blocked buckram

Set in Bell

224 pages

Frontispiece and 6 colour illustrations

Plain slipcase

9˝ x 5¾˝

Famed for its ingenious setting, carousel of suspects and startling dénouement, Murder on the Orient Express is surely one of Agatha Christie’s best-known and best-loved novels. Published in series with The Murder of Roger Ackroyd and Five Little Pigs, this gorgeous edition is also illustrated by Andrew Davidson, whose artwok heightens the atmosphere, as the tension escalates and fellow passengers become suspects. A stunning buckram binding is blocked in gold, with a design by Davidson.

Agatha Christie was born in Torquay in 1890 and is the author of over 80 works, including detective novels and short stories, 19 plays, and six novels published under the pseudonym Mary Westmacott. Her first novel, The Mysterious Affair at Styles, was published in 1920 and introduced the world to Hercule Poirot, who would become one of the most popular fictional detectives since Sherlock Holmes (as would another of Christie’s sleuths, the amateur detective Miss Marple). In 1952 her play The Mousetrap premiered in London’s West End and has run continuously ever since. Christie’s books have sold more than two billion copies in over 100 languages (said to be outsold only by the Bible and Shakespeare), and have been adapted many times for film and television. She was made a dame in 1971 and died in Oxfordshire in 1976. In 2013, she was voted the greatest crime writer of all time by the Crime Writers’ Association.

Andrew Davidson studied graphic design at Norwich School of Art and then at the Royal College of Art. He is known for his use of traditional engraving and printing methods. Davidson also paints traditionally, using gouache, and prints block-colour illustrations with wood blocks. He works with French or Japanese paper, engraving on English boxwood and printing the blocks on an 1859 Albion hand press. He has worked with publishers including HarperCollins, Transworld, Faber and Faber, Random House, Penguin Books and Oxford University Press, and also with Shell, BP, Rolex, the All England Lawn Tennis Association, Amtrak, Railtrack, Cunard, Mitchell and Butler, Shepherd Neame, Highland Distillers and the National Museums of Scotland.

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