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Tuesday, October 18, 2016

UK 2016 - Agata Christie



COUNTRY: UK
ISSUE DATE: 15 September 2016
 STAMP SIZE: 60 x 30 mm
 STAMP DESIGN: Studio Sutherl&





Royal Mail is issuing six stamps to mark the centenary of the year Christie wrote her first detective novel, The Mysterious Affair at Styles, which introduced her much loved Belgian detective Hercule Poirot to the world.


The stamps come complete with hidden clues and references, printed in special inks and microtext, to murders and key scenes in the famous novels.

Amateur sleuths will be able to use UV light, body heat and a magnifying glass to uncover hidden elements and key scenes in the stamps.

 

Clues and features include a figure, half-hidden and wielding a knife, letters, the names of the suspects and Poirot himself.

Designed by Jim Sutherland, the stamps launch today, the same day as the best-selling British author’s birthday.


Royal Mail said it would also provide a special handstamp on all mail posted in a postbox in Christie’s town of birth, Torquay in Devon, for five days from September 15 to 19.

The British author, who died at the age of 85 on January 12 1976, is the best-selling novelist in history, outsold only by the Bible and Shakespeare, with over two billion copies of her books sold worldwide.






Murder on the Orient Express



The Mysterious Affair at Styles


The Body in the Library



And Then There Were None



The Murder of Roger Ackroyd



A Murder is Announced










ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
Murder on the Orient Express © 1934 Agatha Christie Limited. All rights reserved; And Then There Were None © 1939 Agatha Christie Limited. All rights reserved; The Mysterious Affair at Styles © 1920 Agatha Christie Limited. All rights reserved; The Murder of Roger Ackroyd © 1926 Agatha Christie Limited. All rights reserved; The Body in the Library © 1942 Agatha Christie Limited. All rights reserved; A Murder Is Announced © 1950 Agatha Christie Limited. All rights reserved; AGATHA CHRISTIE, POIROT, MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS, MISS MARPLE and the Agatha Christie Signature are registered trade marks of Agatha Christie Limited in the UK and elsewhere. All rights reserved.


Stamp images thanks to Royal Mail
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