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P.D. James 1920 - 2014

On November 28, 2014

P.D. James wrote more than 20 books. Many of her books included detective Adam Dalgliesh. Roy Marsden played the detective in a series of adaptations for ITV before Martin Shaw took over the role.

Her most well known books include The Children of Men which was adapted into a film in 2006 starring Clive Owen and Julianne Moore, directed by Alfonso Cuaron.

Her recent novel and nod to her being a lifelong fan of Jane Austenís work was Death Comes to Pemberley. She combined two of her passions, detective fiction and Jane Austenís Pride and Prejudice. Death Comes to Pemberley received much acclaim and has been adapted into a series for the BBC. It will be shown tonight on the ABC.

P.D. James was awarded the Crime Writers' Association's Diamond Dagger award in 1987 and received the Medal of Honour for Literature in 2005 by National Arts Club.

In 1991, she was created a life peer as Baroness James of Holland Park and sat in the House of Lords as a Conservative.

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