James, P.D., Baroness James of Holland Park

In-person signature of the English mystery writer, creator of detective-poet Adam Dalgleish

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(Phyllis Dorothy James, 1920-2014) Oxford-born English crime writer, rose to fame for her series of detective novels starring police commander and poet Adam Dalgliesh. She left school at 16 to work because her family did not have much money and her father did not believe in higher education for girls. When her husband returned from WW II, he experienced mental illness, and James provided for the family until her husband's death in 1964. She studied hospital administration and worked for a hospital board in London 1949-68, and began writing in the mid-1950. Her Her 1st novel, "Cover Her Face", featured investigator and poet Adam Dalgleish of New Scotland Yard (named after a teacher at Cambridge High School) was published in 1962. Many of her mystery novels take place against the backdrop of UK bureaucracies, such as the criminal justice system and the National Health Service, in which she worked for decades from the 1940s. When her husband died, she became a civil servant with the criminal section of the Home Office, in government service until her 1979 retirement. In 1991, James was created a life peer as Baroness James of Holland Park and sat in the House of Lords as a Conservative. Her 2001 book, "Death in Holy Orders", displays her familiarity with the inner workings of Anglican church hierarchy. "The Private Patient" (2011) was the final Dalgliesh novel. In 2008, she was inducted into the International Crime Writing Hall of Fame. During the 1980s, many of James's mystery novels were adapted for television in the UK. Other Dalgleish mysteries include: "Devices and Desires" (1989), "The Murder Room" (2003), and "Death Comes to Pemberley" (2011). She received an OBE in 1983. Light green 5 1/2 x 4 1/2 autograph album page signed "P. D. James", with portrait for framing.

Condition: Very good
Type:Autograph album page






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