ABC1 TUESDAY, 14 MAY @ 10PM
“PD James – The Queen of The Detective Novel began publishing in 1962 with Cover Her Face, featuring everybody’s favourite detective and poet, Adam Dalgliesh. With a career spanning much of the 20th century, who wouldn’t jump at the chance to speak with this woman who’s reaching the heights of her powers now at the age of 92.” JENNIFER BYRNE
PD James is one of Britain’s most admired and best loved writers. Long considered the queen of crime and the doyenne of detective novelists, she has a large readership beyond the confines of the genre and is praised by critics in such literary journals as the Times Literary Supplement and the Literary Review.
She has won numerous awards including the Cartier Diamond Dagger for lifetime achievement and the Silver Dagger of the Crime Writers’ Association. In the US she has twice won the Edgar Allan Poe Scroll. In 1991 she was ennobled by the Queen and sits in the House of Lords as Baroness James of Holland Park.
Born in 1920, James was educated at Cambridge High School for Girls, but unable to afford university she left school at 16 to start work. Her first novel, Cover Her Face, which introduced the much-loved poet and policeman Adam Dalgliesh, was not written until her late 30s and was published in 1962.
In the three decades that followed, James wrote 11 more novels, achieving critical acclaim and increasing popularity. She “hit the jackpot” with her eighth novel, Innocent Blood, which shot to the top of the American best-seller list and brought her worldwide fame. To date she has sold over 10 million copies of her books in the US.