P.D. James Encore

When the late P.D. James was a child, she spoke of herself in the third person; “She put on her clean blouse for school” etc. She never questioned that she would become a writer, she only wondered “When shall I begin?” [MORE]
P.D. James attends The South Bank Show Awards at the Dorchester on Jan. 26, 2010 in London, England. (Ian Gavan/Getty Images)
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Eleanor spoke with P.D. James at the time of the publication of her memoir, Time to be in Earnest.  The title was taken from a quote by Dr. Samuel Johnson - that at the age of 77 it was time to be in earnest.  Her memoir was written in the form of a partial diary, of the year between her 77th and 78th birthdays.  To mark her passing at the age of 94, we bring you this warm and lively conversation from fifteen years ago.  

" I think that people who write mysteries need to make an ordered world, to solve puzzles, to affirm the sanctity of life.  To affirm our own belief that we live in a rational and comprehensible universe, and that we can bring justice out of injustice." - P.D. James

MUSIC TO CLOSE THE P.D. JAMES INTERVIEW:
CD: JOHN FIELD: NOCTURNES
CUT 1: " Nocturne N1  "
Composer: John Field
Performer: Roberte Mamou
LABEL: PAVANE ADW 7110