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The Sketch was a British illustrated weekly journal, which focused on high society and the aristocracy. It ran for 2,989 issues between 1 February 1893 and 17 June 1959. It was published by the Illustrated London News Company and was primarily a society magazine with regular features on royalty and the aristocracy, theatre, cinema and art studies. It had a high photographic content with many studies of society ladies and their children as well as regular layouts of point to point racing meetings and similar events.

The Sketch was important to Agatha Christie in her early years and can be said to have launched her writing career. After the publication of The Mysterious Affair at Styles, Bruce Ingram, then editor of The Sketch liked the character of Hercule Poirot. He got in touch with Christie and suggested that she write a series of short stories based on the character. According to Christie: "This excited me very much indeed. At last I was becoming a success. To be in The Sketch–wonderful! He also had a fancy drawing made of Hercule Poirot which was not unlike my idea of him, though he was depicted as a little smarter and more aristocratic than I had envisaged him."[1]

Christie dedicated her novel A Pocket Full of Rye to Ingram.

Publications of Agatha Christie stories[]

In chronological order of publication.


  1. Agatha Christie, An Autobiography (London: HarperCollins, 2010), 251, ebook edition.