She created Miss Marple and penned her adventures. She gave Hercule Pierot his monocle and fussy ways. She holds the Guinness Book Record for best selling writer of books. But for famous mystery writer Agatha Christie, the first mystery in her life was trying to read.
I, myself, was always recognized . . . as the “slow one” in the family. It was quite true, and I knew it and accepted it. Writing and spelling were always terribly difficult for me. My letters were without originality. I was . . . an extraordinarily bad speller and have remained so until this day.
She attributed the early challenges of those years to shaping who she became.
The popular idea that a child forgets easily is not an accurate one. Many people go right through life in the grip of an idea which has been impressed on them in very tender years.
Thus, it was in that which most challenged her that she found solace.
Writing is a great comfort to people like me, who are unsure of themselves and have trouble expressing themselves properly.
In dealing with her dyslexia, Christie followed her own good advice.
I have learnt that I am me, that I can do the things that, as one might put it, me can do, but I cannot do the things that me would like to do.