Agatha Miller was born in Torquay in 1890 and had a comfortable and happy childhood. The death of her father and the advent of World War One turned her world upside down. She trained as a pharmacist and it was during the long hours on duty that she first conceived of writing a murder mystery. This was to be The Mysterious Affair at Styles and it was eventually to lead on to the writng of nearly two hundred books with worldwide sales of more than 2 billion.
Modern visitors can follow the Agatha Christie trail and see the places that inspired so much of her writing. Greenway, the holiday home she bought in 1938, is now owned by The National Trust and open to visitors for most of the year.