Phyllis Dorothy James, Baroness James of Holland Park OBE FRSA FRSL (3 August 1920 – 27 November 2014), commonly known as P. D. James, was an English crime writer and Conservative life peer in the House of Lords.
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Time to be Earnest - a Fragment of BiographyEdit
- I don't see why escapist literature should not also be a work of art.
- The intention of any novelist must surely be to make that straight avenue to the human heart.
- Every novelist write what he or she needs to write, a subconscious compulsion to express and explain his unique view of reality.
- Time to be Earnest - a Fragment of Biography Faber & Faber, London 1999
- I don’t think writers choose the genre, the genre chooses us. I wrote out of the wish to create order out of disorder, the liking of a pattern.
- Interview with Jake Kerridge, The Telegraph, 26 Sep 2009 
- It was one of those perfect English autumnal days which occur more frequently in memory than in life.
- A Taste for Death Published 1986. Page 373.
- I can understand the poor and stupid voting for Marxism or one of its fashionable variants. If you've no hope of being other than a slave, you may as well opt for the most efficient form of slavery.
- A Taste for Death Published 1986. Page 412.