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

I spent two decades helping companies like Bell Labs, Juniper Networks, and a genetic testing company that was later acquired by CVS translate some of the world’s most complicated concepts into actionable, understandable English. Now I'm working on a much harder problem -- fostering children’s curiosity and engagement in the scientific, artistic, and linguistic world that surrounds them. The first book in my Caterpickles Parenting Series, What’s That, Mom?, focuses on how to use public art to nurture children’s curiosity in the world around them. My next book will focus on science, and how parents without a science degree can answer their curious child's questions without enrolling in a college level refresher course. In the meantime, you can find me blogging about life with a very curious Eleven-Year-Old at, chatting about books and the writing life at, and tweeting about books, writing, science, & things that make me smile at @shalahowell.
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