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Time To Be in Earnest

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ISBN13: 9780345442123
ISBN10: 0345442121
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On the day she turned seventy-seven, internationally acclaimed mystery writer P. D. James embarked on an endeavor unlike any other in her distinguished career: she decided to write a personal memoir in the form of a diary. Over the course of a year she set down not only the events and impressions of her extraordinarily active life, but also the memories, joys, discoveries, and crises of a lifetime. This enchantingly original volume is the result.

Time to Be in Earnest offers an intimate portrait of one of most accomplished women of our time. Here are vivid, revealing accounts of her school days in Cambridge in the 1920s and '30s, her happy marriage and the tragedy of her husband's mental illness, and the thrill of publishing her first novel, Cover Her Face, in 1962. As she recounts the decades of her exceptional life, James holds forth with wit and candor on such diverse subjects as the evolution of the detective novel, her deep love of the English countryside, her views of author tours and television adaptations, and her life-long obsession with Jane Austen. Wise and frank, engaging and graceful, this "fragment of autobiography" will delight and surprise P. D. James's admirers the world over.

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"James neither overintellectualizes nor sentimentalizes....Writing about commonplace events, [she] gives them weight and substance and so confirms their reality, investing them with a radiance that illuminates this fragment of autobiography." The Washington Post

About the Author

P.D. James is the author of 14 previous books, many of which have been adapted for television. She is the recipient of many honours, including the Cartier Diamond Dagger Award for Lifetime Achievement and 1999 Grand Master Award from the Mystery Writers of America. She lives in London, England.

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lovingreader, February 5, 2009 (view all comments by lovingreader)
Who writes those fabulous mysteries? P D James' memoir of the year she is 78 is rich with detail and opinion and life wisdom, which she dispenses on her own terms. We learn about her views on cats, elementary school, the 1928 prayerbook, and a number of classic British crime cases. We do not learn much about her earlier life; this is not a tell-all. The beauty of her prose is a constant pleasure, and I also got a lot of good reading ideas.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780345442123
Author:
James, P. D.
Publisher:
Ballantine Books
Author:
James, P.D.
Location:
New York
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Biography
Subject:
Women
Subject:
Authorship
Subject:
Detective and mystery stories
Subject:
Family/Interpersonal Memoir
Subject:
Novelists, English
Subject:
Personal Memoirs
Subject:
Detective and mystery stories -- Authorship.
Subject:
Novelists, English -- 20th century.
Subject:
Biography-Literary
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st American ed.
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series Volume:
375
Publication Date:
20010231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
16 PAGES OF PHOTOGRAPHS
Pages:
304
Dimensions:
8.26x5.53x.67 in. .60 lbs.

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