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Saturday 25 January 2020

PD James still has the write stuff at 93

Crime author PD James with her latest novel 'Death Comes to Pemberley'
Crime author PD James with her latest novel 'Death Comes to Pemberley'

Fiona Ellis

BESTSELLING crime author PD James has revealed she has started writing her next book, at the age of 93.

"Let's hope there will be one last one to come. I shall try anyway," she told an audience at Trinity College in Dublin last night.

James was talking to Irish crime novelist Declan Burke about her life-long passion for Jane Austen and her latest novel 'Death Comes to Pemberley' – written as a sequel to Austen's classic 'Pride and Prejudice', published 200 years ago.

She said she regularly re-reads Austen's novels and the books saw her "through many a rather dreadful night".

James was born in Oxford in 1920 and didn't begin writing until she was in her late 30s.

Many of her 20 books to date have been adapted for film, including the 2006 blockbuster 'Children of Men' starring Julianne Moore and Clive Owen.

She said she finds writing crime novels "reassuring" and enjoys "bringing order out of disorder".

Irish Independent

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