Crime author P.D. James, who was inspired by the landscape of Suffolk, has died aged 94
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Crime writer P.D. James, who had a home in Suffolk and set several of her books in East Anglia, has died aged 94.
The novelist, who wrote a string of bestsellers about detective Adam Dalgliesh, sat in the House of Lords for many years as Baroness James of Holland Park.
She spent 30 years working as a civil servant before becoming a full-time writer.
In a statement, James’s publishers Faber & Faber said: “This is a very sad day for us at Faber. It is difficult to express our profound sadness at losing PD James, one of the world’s great writers and a Faber author since her first publication in 1962.
“She was so very remarkable in every aspect of her life, an inspiration and great friend to us all. It is a privilege to publish her extraordinary books. Working with her was always the best of times, full of joy. We will miss her hugely.”
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She was so inspired by Suffolk that some of her favourite places found their way into her work. In Unnatural Causes, the character Superintendent Adam Dalgliesh goes looking for a quiet holiday at his aunt’s cottage on Monksmere Head, just south of Dunwich.
Covehithe is the setting for Death in Holy Orders, and in The Children of Men, a novel set in the future, Southwold is the centre for the compulsory suicide of the old.
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Among her recent work was a new novel updating Jane Austen’s Pride And Prejudice.
Death Comes To Pemberley pitched Austen’s characters, Mr Darcy and his wife Elizabeth, into the middle of a murder mystery, and was later filmed by the BBC.