P. D. James
Phyllis Dorothy James, Baroness James of Holland Park, known professionally as P. D. James, was an English crime writer, she rose to fame for her series of detective novels starring police commander and poet Adam Dalgliesh. James was born in Oxford, the daughter of Sidney James, a tax inspector, educated at the British School in Ludlow and Cambridge High School for Girls, she had to leave school at the age of sixteen to work because her family did not have much money and her father did not believe in higher education for girls. She worked in a tax office for three years and found a job as an assistant stage manager for a theatre group. In 1941, she married an army doctor, they had two daughters and Jane. When White returned from the Second World War, he was experiencing mental illness, James was forced to provide for the whole family until her husband's death in 1964. With her husband in a psychiatric institution and their daughters being cared for by his parents, James studied hospital administration and from 1949 to 1968 worked for a hospital board in London.
She began using her maiden name. Her first novel, Cover Her Face, featuring the investigator and poet Adam Dalgliesh of New Scotland Yard, named after a teacher at Cambridge High School, was published in 1962. Many of James's mystery novels take place against the backdrop of UK bureaucracies, such as the criminal justice system and the National Health Service, in which she worked for decades starting in the 1940s. Two years after the publication of Cover Her Face, James's husband died, she took a position as a civil servant within the criminal section of the Home Office, she worked in government service until her retirement in 1979. In 1991, James was created a life peer as Baroness James of Holland Park, she sat in the House of Lords as a Conservative. She was a lay patron of the Prayer Book Society, her 2001 work, Death in Holy Orders, displays her familiarity with the inner workings of church hierarchy. Her novels were set in a community closed in some way, such as a publishing house or barristers' chambers, a theological college, an island or a private clinic.
Talking About Detective Fiction was published in 2009. Over her writing career, James wrote many essays and short stories for periodicals and anthologies, which have yet to be collected, she revealed in 2011. As guest editor of BBC Radio 4's Today programme in December 2009, James conducted an interview with the Director General of the BBC, Mark Thompson, in which she seemed critical of some of his decisions. Regular Today presenter Evan Davis commented. In 2008, she was inducted into the International Crime Writing Hall of Fame at the inaugural ITV3 Crime Thriller Awards. In August 2014, James was one of 200 public figures who were signatories to a letter to The Guardian opposing Scottish independence in the run-up to September's referendum on that issue. James' main home was her house on Holland Park Avenue, the area from which she took her title: she owned homes in Oxford, Southwold. James died at her home in Oxford on 27 November 2014, aged 94, she is survived by her two daughters and Jane, five grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
During the 1980s, many of James's mystery novels were adapted for television by Anglia Television for the ITV network in the UK. These productions have been broadcast including the US on the PBS network, they featured Roy Marsden as Adam Dalgliesh. According to James in conversation with Bill Link on 3 May 2001 at the Writer's Guild Theatre, Los Angeles, Marsden "is not my idea of Dalgliesh, but I would be surprised if he were." The BBC adapted Death in Holy Orders in 2003, The Murder Room in 2004, both as one-off dramas starring Martin Shaw as Dalgliesh. Her novel The Children of Men was the basis for the feature film Children of Men, directed by Alfonso Cuarón and starring Clive Owen, Julianne Moore and Michael Caine. Despite substantial changes from the book, James was pleased with the adaptation and proud to be associated with the film. James has a cameo in the film's opening scene, watching the news while holding a dog. Death of an Expert Witness Shroud for a Nightingale Cover Her Face The Black Tower A Taste For Death Devices and Desires Unnatural Causes A Mind to Murder Original Sin A Certain Justice Death in Holy Orders The Murder Room An Unsuitable Job for a Woman Children of Men Death Comes to Pemberley Officer of the Order of the British Empire, 1983 Associate Fellow of Downing College, Cambridge, 1986 Life peerage, Baroness James of Holland Park, of Southwold in the County of Suffolk, 7 February 1991 Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts President of the Society of Authors 1997–2013Honorary doctorates University of Buckingham, 1992 University of Hertfordshire, 1994 University of Glasgow, 1995 University of Essex, 1996 University of Durham, 1998 University of Portsmouth, 1999 University of London, 1993Honorary fellowships St Hilda's College, Oxford, 1996 Girton College, Cambridge, 2000 Downing College, Cambridge, 2000 Kellogg College, Oxford Lucy Cavendish College, Cambridge, 2012 1971 Best Novel Award, Mystery Writers of America: Shroud for a Nightingale 1972 Crime Writers' Association Macallan Silver Dagger for Fiction: Shroud for a Nightingale 1973 Best Novel Award, Mystery Writers of America: An Unsuitable Job for a Wo
A Mind to Murder
A Mind to Murder is a crime novel by P. D. James, the second in her Adam Dalgliesh series. In a psychiatric clinic late one night, the piercing scream of a dying woman shatters the calm, Detective Superintendent Dalgliesh is called away from his literary soiree to investigate, he soon finds the body of a clinic employee sprawled across the cold basement floor, a chisel driven mercilessly through her heart. "With discernment and craftsmanship, A Mind to Murder is a superbly satisfying mystery." - Chicago Daily News
Cordelia Gray is the protagonist of P. D. James's An Unsuitable Job for a Woman and of The Skull Beneath the Skin. Cordelia Gray is young woman who works as a private detective in London, having inherited the detective agency "Pryde" on the death of her boss, Bernie Pryde, who committed suicide. Cordelia lost her mother an hour after birth, her father Redvers, a Marxist traveling poet and revolutionary, didn't care about his daughter, so Cordelia had many adoptive parents, from six to eight years old she lived in a cottage in Remford with Mrs Gibson and her children. At eleven, she was confused with another C. Gray and won a scholarship to the Convent of Infant Jesus. Redvers took her away from the convent, they started traveling in Germany and Italy with Mr Gray's revolutionary friends. During their wandering, Cordelia worked as their maid, cook and nurse. Six months Mr. Gray died of a heart disease in Rome. After his death, Cordelia returned to England and became the secretary of the private detective Bernie G. Pryde, his partner in investigations.
Two months Pryde was diagnosed with cancer and committed suicide. Instead of selling the detective agency off, Cordelia decided to keep it open, helped by the young aspiring actor Bevis and the old secretary Mrs. Maudsley. Despite dealing with cases involving murders and threats, the agency becomes specialized in searching for missing animals. At the conclusion of An Unsuitable Job for a Woman, Cordelia Gray meets James's other detective Adam Dalgliesh. In A Taste for Death it is mentioned. Cordelia is referred to at the beginning and at the end of another Dalgliesh novel, The Black Tower: Daniel asked: "Is he conscious?" "Barely. Your chap in there says. Something about Cordelia anyway..." Cordelia lives near Thames Street in an apartment with furniture bought from second-hand dealers or during auctions in the suburbs. At first shy and unconfident, as the story progresses she learns how to solve a case and becomes methodical and serious. A stoic girl, she deals with the suicide of Bernie calmly.
Whilst she seems to like order and knowledge, seems as though she remains focused to the task, during many occasions within The Skull Beneath The Skin she becomes somewhat superficial and conscious of her appearance, compared to that of the more privileged of her clients. Cordelia loves travelling and reading, is jealous of her privacy, she is a decent shooter. Despite being educated in a Catholic convent, she isn't a strong believer. Cordelia Gray was first portrayed by Pippa Guard in the 1982 television adaptation of An Unsuitable Job for a Woman. In four separate feature-length dramas comprise the ITV's HTV series, Cordelia Gray was portrayed by Helen Baxendale. Sacrifice was first broadcast from 24 October to 7 November 1997, consisting of three separate 60-minute episodes. A Last Embrace was first broadcast from 19 February to 5 March 1998 consisting of three separate 60-minute episodes. Living on Risk was first broadcast on 27 August 1999, as one 120-minute episode. Playing God was first broadcast on 16 May 2001, as one 120-minute episode.
Gray was highlighted in volume 14 of the Detective Conan manga's edition of "Gosho Aoyama's Mystery Library", a section of the graphic novels where the author introduces a different detective from mystery literature, television, or other media. Her name was used to create a cover name for one of the series' main characters, Ai Haibara: as stated by professor Hiroshi Agasa in volume 18, the "Hai" kanji meaning "gray" in her surname is a tribute to Cordelia. Cordelia Glauca from the Japanese anime Tantei Opera Milky Holmes is a descendant of Cordelia Gray, Gray's ghost appears in the ninth episode of the first season, her name serves as inspiration for the pen name Cordelia, adopted by Nancy Callahan in her letters to the imprisoned John Hartigan in Sin City
The Lighthouse (James novel)
The Lighthouse is a 2005 novel by P. D. James, the thirteenth book in the classic Adam Dalgliesh mystery series. Adam Dalgliesh is brought in to investigate the mysterious death of a famous writer on a remote and inaccessible island off the Cornish coast. Combe Island is a discreet retreat operated by a private trust, where the rich and powerful find peace and quiet. Famed novelist Nathan Oliver, born on the island and thus is allowed to visit as he wishes, arrives with his daughter and his copy-editor, Dennis Tremlett, unbeknownst to Oliver, are having an affair; when he discovers them, Oliver reacts with fury and orders. Oliver is discovered hanging from the island's historic lighthouse. Dalgliesh and his team arrive to investigate. Surfacing from a fever, Dalgleish has a vision. Dalgliesh recovers from his illness, after the break of the investigation and quarantine, he and his lover Emma both overcome their fears about each other's seeming lack of commitment, agree to marry. In a 2005 book review for The New York Times, Janet Maslin called the book "too rooted in genre conventions to count originality as its strong suit.
But it has deviousness to burn, it offers other enticements.", wrote " is a better book than its predecessor,'The Murder Room.' Its format and intent are more clear. And it is a sturdy installment in a well-honed series, a concept that its characters understand." Kirkus Reviews wrote: "Although the story is briefer than James’s recent double-deckers, readers will still revel in her matchless fullness of characterization."
You may be looking for Unnatural Causes: Is Inequality Making Us Sick?, a 2008 documentary series. For the video-on-demand title, see Clean Break. Unnatural Causes is a detective novel by English crime writer P. D. James. While staying with his Aunt Jane in Suffolk, Adam Dalgliesh stumbles across a most bizarre and frightening murder. A local detective novelist, Maurice Seton, becomes himself the subject of investigation when his boat washes ashore with his body inside, with both his hands cut off with a meat cleaver. Strangely, the scene of his death is mirrored in a manuscript for the new thriller he was writing... "Something of a letdown. The country-house setting and the characterization of the unfortunate criminal are excellently handled, the powerful ending under rushing waters is both credible and mysterious, but the method of murder as well as its cause is farfetched. Dalgleish has had a tiff with his lover and lets her go out of his life in a psychologically odd instance of inaction."
- Catalogue of Crime
The Children of Men
The Children of Men is a dystopian novel by English writer P. D. James, published in 1992. Set in England in 2021, it centres on the results of mass infertility. James describes a United Kingdom, depopulating and focuses on a small group of resisters who do not share the disillusionment of the masses; the book received positive reviews from many critics such as Caryn James of The New York Times, who called it "wonderfully rich" and "a trenchant analysis of politics and power that speaks urgently". The academic Alan Jacobs said, "Of all James’ novels, The Children of Men is the most pointed in its social criticism the deepest in its theological reflection." The narrative voice for the novel alternates between the third person and the first person, the latter in the form of a diary kept by Dr. Theodore "Theo" Faron, an Oxford don; the novel opens with the first entry in Theo's diary. It is the year 2021. In 1994, the sperm count of human males plummeted to zero, a feminist civil war breaks out, mankind now faces imminent extinction.
The last people to be born are now called "Omegas". "A race apart", they enjoy various prerogatives. Theo writes. In 2006, Xan Lyppiatt, Theo's rich and charismatic cousin, appointed himself Warden of England in the last general election; as people have lost all interest in politics, Lyppiatt abolishes democracy. He is called a despot and tyrant by his opponents, but the new society is referred to as egalitarian. Theo is approached by a woman called Julian, a member of a group of dissidents calling themselves the Five Fishes, he meets with them at an isolated church. Rolf, their leader and Julian's husband, is hostile; the group wants Theo to approach Xan on their behalf and ask for various reforms, including a return to a more democratic system. During their discussions, as Theo prepares to meet with Xan, the reader learns how the UK is in 2021: The Omegas are described as spoiled, over-entitled and egotistical because of their youth and luxurious lifestyle, they are violent and unstable. They regard non-Omegas with undisguised contempt.
According to rumour, outside of the UK, some countries sacrifice Omegas in fertility rituals. Due to the global infertility of mankind, newborn animals are doted upon and treated as infants, pushed in prams, dressed in children's clothing; the latest trend in London is to have elaborate christening ceremonies for newborn pets. The country is governed by decree of the Council of England. Parliament has been reduced to an advisory role; the aims of the Council are: protection and security and pleasure—corresponding to the Warden's promises of: freedom from fear, freedom from want, freedom from boredom. The Grenadiers — an elite regiment in the British Armed Forces – are the Warden's private army; the State Secret Police ensures. The courts still exist. Under the "new arrangements", defendants are tried by two magistrates. All convicted criminals are dumped at a penal colony on the Isle of Man. There is no remission, escape is impossible, visitors are forbidden, prisoners may not write or receive letters.
Every citizen is required to learn skills, such as Animal Husbandry, which they might need to help them survive if they happen to be among the last human beings in the UK. Foreign workers are lured into the country and exploited. Young people, preferably Omegas, from poorer countries come to England to work there; these "foreign Omegas" or "sojourners", are imported to do undesirable work. At 60, the age limit, they are sent back. British Omegas are not allowed to emigrate so as to prevent further loss of labour. Elderly/infirm citizens have become a burden; the rest are expected and sometimes forced to commit suicide by taking part in a "quietus" at the age of 60. The state has opened "pornography centres" as well as installing special transmitters that emit a special kind of radiation designed to increase libido. Twice a year, healthy women under 45 must submit to a gynaecological examination. Theo's meeting, which turns out to be a meeting with the full Council of England, does not go well; some of the members resent him because he resigned as Xan's advisor rather than share the responsibility of governing the UK.
Xan guesses that Theo's suggestions came from others and makes clear to Theo that he will take action against dissidents. The Five Fishes distribute a leaflet detailing their demands; the secret police visit Theo. He sees Julian in the market shortly afterwards, he tells her of the SSP visit tells her that if she needs him she only has to send for him. That night, Theo decides to leave England for the summer and visit the continent before nature overruns it. Soon after Theo's return, Miriam tells him that Gascoigne was arrested as he was trying to rig a Quietus landing stage to explode; the other Fishes are about to go on the run, Julian wants him. Miriam reveals why Julian did not come herself—she is pregnant. Theo believes Julian is deceiving herself, but when the two meet, Julian invites Theo to listen to her baby's heartbeat. During the group's flight, Luke is killed while t
The Murder Room
The Murder Room is a 2003 detective novel and the 12th in the Adam Dalgliesh series by P. D. James, it takes place in London the Dupayne Museum on the edge of Hampstead Heath in the London Borough of Camden. The Dupayne Museum is an eclectic collection of English memorabilia from the period between World War I and World War II; the murder room of the title refers to a room displaying relics of murders that occurred during this period. The Dupayne Museum is the property of three siblings, who are in the midst of a family row over whether or not to renew the lease on the building that houses the museum; when Neville Dupayne is killed in a manner mirroring one of the murders displayed in the Murder Room, Commander Dalgliesh is called in to investigate. Emma Lavenham, a character from Death in Holy Orders, becomes important in this novel as a romance develops between her and Commander Dalgliesh; the novel ends with a love letter from Dalgliesh to Lavenham. She accepts his proposal. In a 2003 book review for The New York Times, Patricia T. O'Connor called the book "strikingly similar to James's previous mystery, Death in Holy Orders..
But this time something new has been added. Dalgliesh has a serious love interest", wrote "This is a busy mystery, full of traffic jams and ringing cellphones— still manages to preserve the element of old-fashioned, hair-raising suspense." Kirkus Reviews wrote: "Despite a plot less ineluctable than her best, James creates another teeming world in which murder is only the symptom of a more pervasive mortality." The BBC adapted the book for a two-part, three-hour TV production released in 2004, starring Martin Shaw as Dalgliesh and Janie Dee as Lavenham. The production was released on DVD in the U. S. in October 2005. The Murder Room on IMDb