Agatha Christie – And then there were none
And Then There Were None is a detective fiction novel by Agatha Christie, first published in the United Kingdom by the Collins Crime Club on 6 November 1939 under the title Ten Little Niggers which was changed by Dodd, Mead and Company in January 1940 to Ten Little Indians, as the former title, which originally derived from antiquated English terminology, from whence the nursery rhyme dates, was seen as racist by 20th century U.S. standards. In the novel, ten people, who have previously been complicit in the deaths of others but have escaped notice or punishment, are tricked into coming onto an island. Although the guests are the only people on the island, each is murdered one by one, in a manner paralleling, inexorably and sometimes grotesquely, the old nursery rhyme, “Ten Little Niggers”. The UK edition retailed at sevenshillings and sixpence and the U.S. edition at $2.00. It was republished in May 2001, by St Martin’s Paperback Editions as And Then There Were None, due to controversy over the former title, which originally derived from antiquated English terminology, from whence the nursery rhyme dates, but was seen as racist by 20th century standards. The novel was made into several films (Ten Little Indians).
It is Christie’s best-selling novel with 100 million sales to date, making it the world’s best-selling mystery ever, and one of the best-selling books of all time (Publications International lists it as 7th best-selling). It has been adapted into several plays, films, and a video game.