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P. D. James

Phyllis Dorothy James, Baroness James of Holland Park OBE FRSA FRSL (born 3 August 1920), commonly known as P. D. James, is an English crime writer and Conservative life peer in the House of Lords.


  • 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 [1]
  • It was one of those perfect English autumnal days which occur more frequently in memory than in life.
  • 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.

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