The best-selling author of all time is Agatha Christie and Dubliner John Curran had the best moment of his life when he uncovered a new Hercule Poirot story that had been hidden away for more than 70 years.
John Curran worked for Dublin City Council since he left school. For years, all of his annual leave was spent making trips related to his number one favourite author: Agatha Christie.
Whether visiting a Poirot film set in Morocco, attending Christie festivals in Japan and Tenerife, or attending the debut of a play in Canada, his passion for the crime stories of Agatha Christie have taken him around the world.
His travels also led him to Greenway House in Devon – the idyllic former summer house of Agatha Christie - where he uncovered a missing Hercule Poirot story – The Capture of Cerberus.
Agatha Christie is the best selling author of all time. She wrote over 80 crime novels and short stories but since 1939, one final Agatha Christie mystery remained - where was the missing twelfth Poirot story that had never been published in the famous Strand Magazine.
One Saturday afternoon, while going through the papers and notebooks of Agatha Christie that had laid gathering dust for years in her old house, John read a story that began: Hercule Poirot sipped his aperitif and looked out across the Lake of Geneva.
When he read this first line he knew that this was a story he had never read before and quickly realised that he was the person that had found the missing Poirot story.
As he sat in Agatha Christie’s armchair reading the story, he also realised that this moment was to be the highlight of his life.
Compiled and narrated by Nicoline Greer.
Sound supervision by Mark Dwyer.
Readings by Liz Lloyd and Zach Iremonger.
First broadcast 14th August 2010
John Curran's book about the notebooks of Agatha Christie, which includes two previously unpublished Hercule Poirot stories is called Agatha Christie's Secret Notebooks, Fifty Years of Mysteries in the Making.
It is published by Harper Collins.
An Irish radio documentary from RTÉ Radio 1, Ireland - Documentary on One - the home of Irish radio documentaries.