P.D. James, Baroness James of Holland Park, (OBE, FRSA, FRSL) has died aged 94.
Phyllis Dorothy James was the author of over 20 crime novels, most of them featuring Detective Adam Dalgliesh. She published her (Fragment of an) autobiography Time to be in Earnest in 1999 and many of her works were adapted for television.
Her most recent book was Death Comes to Pemberley (2011) a continuation of the events in Pride and Prejudice framed as a murder-mystery. It was one of those ideas that intrigued almost everyone and was made into a successful mini-series in 2013.
My favourite PD James title is The Maul and the Pear Tree (1971). Co-written with T.A. Critchley, it is a non-fiction examination of The Ratcliffe Highway Murders of 1811.
- Search our catalogue for books by P.D. James
- Browse Literature Resource Centre for overviews of her work, reviews and critical essays.
- Read The BBC’s Obituary of P.D. James
So good to see this post – you are really on to it, as I’ve only just heard the news of her death.
I cited her in my recent book ‘Spirited Ageing’ as an example of an inspiring elder whose creativity was alive well into old age, and who was willing to invent new forms – ‘Death Comes to Pemberley’ being an example of that.
Hi Juliet, yes, she did some amazing things as she got older. She didn’t write her first book until she was in her forties I think!
I didn’t know that. A late developer – not a bad thing at all, as it turned out.