A Is for Arsenic: The Poisons of Agatha Christie by Kathryn Harkup (Paperback, 2015)
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- DescriptionAgatha Christie's detailed plotting is what makes her books so compelling. Christie used poison to kill her characters more often than any other murder method, with the poison itself being a central part of the vel, and her choice of deadly substances was far from random; the chemical and physiological characteristics of each poison provide vital clues to discovery of the murderer. With gunshots or stabbings the cause of death is obvious, but t so with poisons. How is it that some compounds prove so deadly, and in such tiny amounts? Christie demonstrated her extensive chemical kwledge (much of it gleaned from her working in a chemists during both world wars) in many of her vels, but this is rarely appreciated by the reader. A is for Arsenic celebrates the use of science in Christie's work. Written by Christie fan and research chemist Kathryn Harkup, each chapter takes a different vel and investigates the poison (or poisons) the murderer used. A is for Arsenic looks at why certain chemicals kill, how they interact with the body, and the feasibility of obtaining, administering and detecting these poisons, both at the time the vel was written and today. This book is published as part of the 125th anniversary celebration of Christie's birth. Fourteen vels. Fourteen poisons. Just because its fiction doesn't mean its all made-up ...
- Author BiographyKathryn Harkup is a chemist and author. Kathryn completed a doctorate on her favourite chemicals, phosphines, and went on to further postdoctoral research before realising that talking, writing and demonstrating science appealed a bit more than hours slaving over a hot fume-hood. For six years she ran the outreach in engineering, computing, physics and maths at the University of Surrey, which involved writing talks on science topics that would appeal to bored teenagers (anything disgusting or dangerous was usually the most popular). Kathryn is now a freelance science communicator delivering talks and workshops on the quirky side of science.
- Author(s)Kathryn Harkup
- PublisherBloomsbury Publishing PLC
- Date of Publication10/09/2015
- SubjectPopular Science
- Place of PublicationLondon
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- ImprintBloomsbury Publishing PLC
- Content NoteBlack and white illustrations throughout
- Weight347 g
- Width135 mm
- Height216 mm
- Format DetailsTrade paperback (UK)
- Edition StatementExport/Airside
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