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  • A Cordelia Gray Mystery Meet Cordelia Gray: twenty-two, tough, intelligent and now sole inheritor of the Pryde Detective Agency. Her first assignment finds her hired by Sir Ronald Callender to investigate the death of his son Mark, a young Cambridge student found hanged in mysterious circumstances. Required to delve into the hidden secrets of the Callender family, Cordelia soon realizes it is not a case of suicide, and that the truth is entirely more sinister

  • In 1997, P. D. James, the much loved and internationally acclaimed author of mysteries, turned seventyseven. Taking to heart Dr. Johnson's advice that at seventyseven it is "time to be in earnest," she decided to undertake a book unlike any she had written before: a personal memoir in the form of a diary. This enchanting and highly original volume is the result. Structured as the diary of a single year, it roams back and forth through time, illuminating James's extraordinary, sometimes painful and sometimes joyful life. Here, interwoven with reflections on her writing career and the craft of crime novels, are vivid accounts of episodes in her own past yes'>#8212; of school days in 1920s and 1930s Cambridge . . . of the war and the tragedy of her husband's madness . . . of her determined struggle to support a family alone. She tells about the birth of her second daughter in the midst of a German buzzbomb attack; about becoming a civil servant (and laying the groundwork for her writing career by working in the criminal justice system); about her years of public service on such bodies as the Arts Council and the BBC's Board of Governors, culminating in entry to the House of Lords. Along the way, with warmth and authority, she offers views on everything from author tours to the problems of television adaptations, from book reviewing to her obsession with Jane Austen. Written with exceptional grace, this "fragment of autobiography" has already been received with nthusiasm by British reviewers and readers. The thousands of Americans who have enjoyed P. D. James's novels will be equally charmed. Diary or memoir or both, Time to Be in Earnest is a delight.From the Hardcover edition.

  • Dans ce livre très personnel, à la fois journal intime et mémoires, ED. James se penche sur les douze mois de sa vie qui vont de son soixante-dix-septième à son soixante-dix-huitième anniversaire, du 3 août 1997 au 2 août 1998. Elle fait alterner des descriptions d'événements quotidiens, d'ordre personnel, familial ou professionnel, avec des évocations de son enfance, de sa jeunesse, des réflexions sur la littérature, sur l'art du roman policier, et, en particulier, sur la manière dont elle élabore ses propres romans. Elle se projette par la même occasion dans le passé de sa brillante carrière : ses années scolaires à Cambridge dans les années vingt et trente, la naissance de sa seconde fille sous les bombardements de Londres pendant la Seconde Guerre mondiale, son travail en tant qu'administratrice d'hôpital, puis directrice d'un laboratoire médico-légal de la police criminelle. Plus tard, anoblie par la Reine, elle devient membre du conseil d'administration de la BBC, siège à la Chambre des Lords et fait partie des comités du British Council et de l'Arts Council. Conduite avec authenticité et sensibilité, cette singulière autobiographie captivera les lectrices et lecteurs passionnés de romans policiers et toutes celles et ceux qu'intriguera l'enquête menée par la " reine du crime " sur sa dernière énigme : elle-même !

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