Time to Be in Earnest

P. D. James

Time to Be in Earnest is P. D. James’s extraordinary memoir of her early life and time starting out as a novelist, as well as diaries recording her in old age.

Format
Hardback
ISBN
9780571325696
Date Published
07.05.2015
Delivery
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Summary

In this intriguing and very personal book, part diary, part memoir, P. D. James considers the twelve months of her life between her 77th and 78th birthdays, and looks back on her earlier life.

With all her familiar skills as a writer she recalls what it was like to be a schoolgirl in the 1920s and 1930s in Cambridge, and then giving birth to her second daughter during the worst of the Doodlebug bombardment in London during the war. It follows her work, starting out as an administrator in the National Health Service, then on to the Home Office in the forensic and criminal justice departments. She later served as a Governor of the BBC, an influential member of the British Council, the Arts Council and the Society of Authors, and eventually entering the House of Lords.

Along the way, this diary and personal memoir deals with her burgeoning reputation as a novelist, starting with Cover Her Face in 1962, and with the craft of the classical detective story. She also details the writing of one of her most intriguing and carefully researched books, A Certain Justice. This wonderful memoir will enthral aficionados of detective fiction, and will also appeal to anyone who lived through those turbulent years of the twentieth century.

Critic Reviews

She has served up a feast of a book.

Penelope Lively
Critic Reviews

A wonderful read and as such will give pleasure to all P. D. James fans.

Antonia Fraser, Mail on Sunday
Critic Reviews

Like all the best diaries hers allows the reader to share in the small pleasures and domestic dramas of her days.

Sunday Telegraph
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A wonderfully vivid evocation of a lower-middle-class childhood of oil lamps and gas mantles, water heated up on a coke boiler for the weekly bath, liberty bodices, prickly combinations, a father severely remote from his three children and a long-suffering mother.

Francis King, The Oldie
Critic Reviews

Deeply moving . . . . Page after page recalls a vanished world.

The New York Times Book Review
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A cornucopia of discernment, judgment, and wisdom.

San Francisco Chronicle
P. D.James

P. D. James¬†(1920-2014) was a bestselling and internationally acclaimed crime writer best known for her books starring poet-detective Adam Dalgliesh. She wrote nineteen novels as well as several short story collections and works of non-fiction. Her work has been translated into thirty-six languages, and has sold millions of copies worldwide. Among many international prizes, awards and honours, she received the…

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