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To judge by the worldwide success of Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes and Agatha Christie's Poirot, it is not only the Anglo-Saxons who have an appetite for mystery and mayhem. Talking about the craft of detective writing and sharing her personal thoughts and observations on one of the most popular and enduring forms of literature, P.D. James examines the challenges, achievements and potential of a genre which has fascinated her for more than fifty years as a novelist.
From the tenant of 221b Baker Street to the Village Priest from Cubhole in Essex, from the Golden Age of detective writing between the wars to the achievements of the present and a glimpse at the future, P.D. James explores the metamorphosis of a genre which has gripped and entertained the popular imagination like no other type of novel.
Written by the author widely regarded as the queen of the detective novel, this book is sure to appeal to all aficionados of crime fiction.
'Elegant and thoughtful … It is PD James’s longevity, as well as her serene intelligence, that makes this book especially noteworthy and enjoyable … If you want to extend you own reading, discover new authors or clarify your thoughts, this is an excellent way to do so.'
Amanda Craig, The Independent
P.D. James was awarded the OBE in 1983 and created a life peer in 1991. She has written 18 novels, and won numerous prizes including the Mystery Writers of America Grandmaster Award, The National Arts Club Medal of Honour for Literature, and a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Oxford Literary Festival. In 2008 she was inducted into the International Crime Writing Hall of Fame.
- 160 pages, 198 x 129 mm
- 9 black and white illustrations
- ISBN: 9781851243099
- Publication October 2009