The Secret Adversary

Dodd, Mead

As part of ClassicReader. com, Stephane Theroux presents the full text of "The Secret Adversary," by English writer Agatha Christie (1890-1976). The book was originally published in 1922 and is about Tuppence Cowley and Tommy Beresford as young adventurers.
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Dodd, Mead
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Dec 31, 1922
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This US English edition includes student exercises at the end of every chapter with answers at the end of the book.

A girl on the sinking liner Lusitania is given a secret packet to save by a mysterious stranger. Pursued by criminals and the British government, she goes missing, leaving amateur detectives Tuppence and Tommy to find her and rescue the packet.

This version of the Christie story has been specially adapted for pupils studying English as a Second or Foreign Language (ESL, ESOL, EFL, TOEFL, IELTS CEFR), ideal for those studying for Citizenship in English-speaking countries like USA and UK. The language and vocabulary are easy, and emphasis is on action using past, present and future simple tenses. The exercises are slightly harder than those in The Mysterious Affair at Styles.


1.         Broad questions about the text that can be used for discussion or writing short essays.

2.         More detailed questions about the text.

3.         Questions about grammar.

4.         Games you can play on your own or with a friend.

Punctuation meets UK or USA ESL/CEFR/IELTS Level B2.

Lazlo Ferran is a fully qualified English teacher and teaches in London. He has also published more than twenty novels, making him the ideal choice to adapt Agatha Christie’s stories for students.

Vocabulary Stretcher and Kids’ editions are also available.

Classics Adapted by a Qualified Teacher

Categories: UK ESL, CEFR, IELTS Level B2, USA EFL, TOEFL, ESOL, teaching materials, leaning materials, Teaching English as a Foreign Language, English grammar.

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