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

Sleep No More

Published: November 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.

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.

The Mistletoe Murder and Other Stories

Published: November 2016

The audio edition - read by Jenny Agutter and Daniel Weyman.

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: July 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: June 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.

Death Comes to Pemberley

Published: July 2012

P. D. James masterfully recreates the world of Pride and Prejudice, in this number one bestselling crime story.

Death Comes to Pemberley

Published: November 2011

P.D. James masterfully recreates the world of Pride and Prejudice, and combines it with the excitement and suspense of a brilliantly-crafted detective story.

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.

Talking About Detective Fiction

Published: November 2010

A celebration of the best in crime writing through the ages from the world's pre-eminent crime writer.

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 Children of Men

Published: October 2010

The year is 2021. No child has been born for twenty-five years. The human race faces extinction.

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.

Talking About Detective Fiction

Published: January 2010

A celebration of the best in crime writing through the ages from the world's pre-eminent crime writer.

Cover Her Face

Published: August 2009

Beautiful new paperback Faber Firsts edition to commemorate Faber's 80th Anniversary

The Private Patient

Published: November 2008

A new thrilling P.D. James mystery . 'Three weeks and two days before she was murdered, Rhoda Gradwyn went to Harley Street to keep a first appointment with her plastic surgeon .'

A Certain Justice

Published: October 2008

A classic Dalgliesh thriller.

The Private Patient

Published: September 2008

A new thrilling P.D. James mystery . 'Three weeks and two days before she was murdered, Rhoda Gradwyn went to Harley Street to keep a first appointment with her plastic surgeon .'

Adam Dalgliesh Omnibus

Published: August 2008

An omnibus edition of three of PD James' best-loved and best-selling Adam Dalgliesh mysteries: A Taste for Death, Devices and Desires and Original Sin.

Children of Men Film Tie In

Published: October 2006

Film tie-in edition of the SF thriller, written by crime writing legend, P. D. James

Children of Men

Published: April 2006

The year is 2021. No child has been born for twenty-five years. The human race faces extinction

The Skull Beneath the Skin (2)

Published: April 2006

The second Cordelia Gray mystery reissued in stunning new livery

Innocent Blood

Published: April 2006

Innocent Blood is both a mystery and a thriller, a superb novel that explores the themes of self-identity and the meaning of life

Unsuitable Job for a Woman (1)

Published: April 2006

A Cordelia Gray mystery reissued in stunning new livery

Cover Her Face

Published: March 2006

Classic P.D. James in stunning new livery

A Mind to Murder

Published: March 2006

Classic P.D. James reissued in stunning new livery

Unnatural Causes

Published: March 2006

Classic P.D. James reissued in stunning new livery

Death of an Expert Witness

Published: March 2006

Classic P.D. James reissued in stunning new livery

Shroud for a Nightingale

Published: March 2006

Classic James reissued in stunning new livery

Black Tower

Published: November 2005

The fifth book in the Adam Dalgliesh series, from crime writing legend P.D. James.

Devices and Desires

Published: November 2005

The eighth in the Adam Dalgliesh series, from crime writing legend P.D. James.

Original Sin

Published: November 2005

This is the ninth book in the Adam Dalgliesh series, from crime writing legend P.D. James.

Lighthouse

Published: October 2005

A classic 'locked room' mystery from one of Britain's greatest crime writers

Lighthouse

Published: October 2005

A classic 'locked room' mystery from one of Britain's greatest crime writers

Time to Be in Earnest

Published: July 2005

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