P.D. James

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P. D. James was born in Oxford in 1920 and educated at Cambridge High School for Girls. From 1949 to 1968 she worked in the National Health Service and subsequently in the Home Office, first in the Police Department and later in the Criminal Policy Department.

All that experience was used in her novels. She was a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and of the Royal Society of Arts and served as a Governor of the BBC, a member of the Arts Council, where she was Chairman of the Literary Advisory Panel, on the Board of the British Council and as a magistrate in Middlesex and London. She was an Honorary Bencher of the Honourable Society of the Inner Temple.

She won awards for crime writing in Britain, America, Italy and Scandinavia, including the Mystery Writers of America Grandmaster Award and The National Arts Club Medal of Honor for Literature (US). She received honorary degrees from seven British universities, was awarded an OBE in 1983 and was created a life peer in 1991. In 1997 she was elected President of the Society of Authors, stepping down from the post in August 2013.

'The construction of a detective story might be formulaic; the writing need not be' - P. D. James recalls the moment she discovered she was to be a published author

Books by P.D. James

Cover Her Face

Published: August 2019

P.D. James's debut novel, the first Adam Dalgliesh mystery is a thrilling work of crime fiction set in the English countryside, from the bestselling author of Death Comes to Pemberley and Children of Men.

A Mind to Murder

Published: August 2019

Set in London, A Mind to Murder is the second novel in the Adam Dalgliesh series and a thrilling work of crime fiction from P.D. James, the award-winning author of Death Comes To Pemberley and Children of Men.

Unnatural Causes

Published: August 2019

Set on the remote Suffolk coast, the third Adam Dalgliesh mystery Unnatural Causes is a thrilling work of crime fiction from P.D. James, the bestselling author of Death Comes To Pemberley.

A Taste for Death

Published: May 2019

Set in London, A Taste for Death is the seventh Adam Dalgliesh mystery from P.D. James, a compulsive thriller and a chilling study of the complex motives behind cold-hearted murder.

Original Sin

Published: May 2019

Set on the banks of the River Thames in the literary world,P.D. James's Original Sin is the ninth Adam Dalgliesh mystery and a brilliant work of crime fiction from the bestselling author of Death Comes to Pemberley.

Innocent Blood

Published: May 2019

Innocent Blood is a stand-alone thriller and chilling mystery from P.D. James, the bestselling author of Death Comes to Pemberley and Children of Men.

The Victim

Published: April 2019

The late, great P. D. James takes us inside the mind of a murderer.

Death Comes to Pemberley

Published: November 2018

In Death Comes to Pemberley, P. D. James masterfully recreates the world of Jane Austen in Pride and Prejudice, and combines it with the excitement and suspense of brilliantly-crafted crime fiction.

Sleep No More

Published: November 2018

The acknowledged 'Queen of Crime', P. D. James, was a past master of the short story, weaving together motifs of the Golden Age of crime-writing with deep psychological insight to create gripping, suspenseful tales.

The Private Patient

Published: July 2018

A beautiful new edition of The Private Patient, published for the first time as a Faber Paperback.

A Certain Justice

Published: June 2018

A beautiful new edition of one of P. D. James's classic novels.

The Children of Men

Published: April 2018

The Children of Men is P.D. James's stand-alone dystopian novel of mass infertility and chilling mystery.

The Mistletoe Murder and Other Stories

Published: December 2017

Now in a festive paperback: 'Well-turned, atmospheric tales from one of crime fiction's greats.' - The Age

Sleep No More

Published: November 2017

A second collection of short stories from P.D. James. Six further stories are published together for the first time in a beautiful hardback edition.

Sleep No More

Published: October 2017

P.D. James was often commissioned by newspapers and magazines to write a special short story for Christmas. The Mistletoe Murder and Other Stories contained four of these stories and this companion volume contains a a further six, recorded here together for the first time.

Devices and Desires

Published: September 2017

A beautiful new edition of one of P.D. James's most-loved works -- the ideal place to start for a reader new to P.D James's books.

The Mistletoe Murder and Other Stories

Published: October 2016

A collection of 4 short stories from P.D. James, published together for the first time in a beautiful hardback edition

Time to Be in Earnest

Published: August 2015

Time to Be in Earnest is P. D. James's extraordinary memoir of her early life and time starting out as a novelist, as well as diaries recording her in old age.

An Unsuitable Job for a Woman

Published: June 2015

Experience the wonder of the written word from some of the greatest writers of the modern age, with Faber Modern Classics.

The Lighthouse

Published: May 2015

The classic Adam Dalgliesh mystery.

Death Comes to Pemberley (TV tie-in)

Published: November 2014

TV tie-in edition of P. D. James' number one bestselling crime story, adapted for BBC.

The Murder Room

Published: September 2014

Murders present meet murders past in this harrowing, thought-provoking mystery featuring Inspector Adam Dalgliesh.

Death in Holy Orders

Published: March 2014

Commander Dalgliesh returns in P. D. James's classic detective novel full of atmosphere and suspense, set in her beloved East Anglia.

The Maul and the Pear Tree

Published: December 2010

P.D. James's only work of true crime: a historical mystery every bit as gripping as her bestselling novels.

A Certain Justice

Published: October 2010

Stunning paperback repackages celebrating the world's pre-eminent crime writer and over forty years of detective fiction.

A Mind to Murder

Published: October 2010

Stunning paperback repackages celebrating the world's pre-eminent crime writer and over forty years of detective fiction.

Original Sin

Published: October 2010

Stunning paperback repackages celebrating the world's pre-eminent crime writer and over forty years of detective fiction.

Cover Her Face

Published: October 2010

Stunning paperback repackages celebrating the world's pre-eminent crime writer and over forty years of detective fiction.

The Black Tower

Published: August 2010

P.D. James delivers another fascinating Adam Dalgliesh mystery.

Devices and Desires

Published: August 2010

An Adam Dalgliesh Mystery.

A Taste for Death

Published: August 2010

Stunning paperback repackages celebrating the world's preeminent crime writer and over forty years of detective fiction.

Unnatural Causes

Published: August 2010

Stunning paperback repackages celebrating the world's pre-eminent crime writer and over forty years of detective fiction.

Shroud for a Nightingale

Published: August 2010

Stunning paperback repackages celebrating the world's pre-eminent crime writer and over forty years of detective fiction.

The Skull Beneath the Skin

Published: August 2010

A Cordelia Gray Mystery.

Innocent Blood

Published: August 2010

A stand-alone thriller from P. D. James.

Death of an Expert Witness

Published: August 2010

'Nobody can put the reader in the eye of the storm quite like P.D. James.' - Sunday Express

An Unsuitable Job for a Woman

Published: August 2010

A Cordelia Gray Mystery.

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