Yes, quite the intriguing blog title, isn’t it? What I actually mean by it is that my birthday (today: 14th September – Happy Birthday to me!) happens to fall right in the middle of the birthdays of two of my favourite authors. I mean, what are the chances?
Let me explain…
On September 13th 1916, the whizzpopping Roald Dahl was born and on September 15th 1890, the world was gifted the Queen of Crime, Agatha Christie – hence, I am the filling in a rather wonderful author birthday sandwich!
Roald Dahl has sold over 250 million copies of his books – both his beloved children’s fiction and adult stories – truly cementing his place as one of our greatest authors. Fantastic Mr. Fox was the first book I remember finishing all by myself as a child and I still own my copies of Matilda, The BFG and James and the Giant Peach that I read so, so many times. He had a huge impact on my love of reading as a child and I’ve enjoyed his adult stories in recent years, too.
Mr. Dahl’s sales figures are very impressive but fall a little short of Agatha’s estimated 4 billion. Yes, BILLION. She is listed as the best-selling fiction author in the world (alongside Shakespeare) and wrote novels, short-stories and plays. Her acclaimed play The Mousetrap holds the title of the longest running play in the world, having been performed continuously in London’s West End since 1952 (I’ve seen it – it’s brilliant). She also wrote six romance novels under the pseudonym Mary Westmacott. I’ve yet to read these but am very intrigued to see Agatha’s romantic side. I only read my first book by her in 2017, but I’ve quickly become a huge fan.
What can I say? September is a pretty amazing month to be born in (if you need any more evidence of this, see: Beyonce, September 4th). Now, if only someone could make me an actual author birthday sandwich… what would that taste like??