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3.76 out of 53.76 out of 53.76 out of 53.76 out of 53.76 out of 5 3.76 (17 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: P. D. James Narrator: Sheila Mitchell Publisher: AudioGO Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2013 ISBN:
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In this very personal book, part diary, part memoir, P. D. James considers the 12 months of her life between her 77th and 78th birthdays, a time to be in earnest as Dr Johnson had said of his life two centuries ago.

Baroness James records and reflects on her childhood in the 1920s and 1930s, of working as an administrator in the NHS, entering the Home Office, serving as a governor of the BBC, and eventually entering the Lords. And along the way she deals with her burgeoning career as a novelist.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carolyn | 2/6/2014

    " I heard P.D. James being interviewed on NPR many years ago, and was intrigued. Not having been a "detective fiction" reader, it took me a while to pick up on of her books, but as soon as I did, I was hooked. So far, I have not been able to find murder mysteries that I like nearly as well as hers. Having read everything fictional she has written, I finally read this autobiography. If possible, I may have enjoyed it more than her fiction! She is an excellent writer, and the insights into not only her everyday life, but also her past that she includes in this book, are compelling and fascinating. I hope she continues to write for some time yet! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Linda | 2/6/2014

    " This was disappointing. It is basically excerpts from a diary, which is less than riveting. It offers virtually no insights into the author's character, personality or life. It's almost as if she became tired of people hounding her to learn what she was like, and so turned out something interminably boring to get them off her back. Stick to her fiction, would be my advice. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Merty | 1/24/2014

    " I love P. D. James and it was a treat to get a glimpse of this amazing and talented woman. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gwendolyn | 1/17/2014

    " P.D. James is amazing. This year-long journal chronicles a year I remember well, 1997, and the insights of this hip old lady were tons of fun. Of course there were moments where it dragged (-1 star) but as I write this review months later I as struck by how much I still remember her self-aware tone. I really need to start another of her mysteries, stat! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennybeast | 1/16/2014

    " A slow-paced, out of date, reluctant autobiography by the somewhat cantankerous British Mystery Icon. I found it completely fascinating. I wish she'd do it again, now that she's added another 15 years to her already long and interesting life. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Susan Kaye | 1/9/2014

    " This is a yearly read for me. I enjoy James's fiction work, but also enjoy this year-long record of her life. It's fascinating to see how life influences the art of an artist. This will be my third reading of the book and I already see things I missed before. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathryn | 12/25/2013

    " Amazingly well written for a journal. Her love and grasp of the english language is evident even in a book that is meant simply as a record of her days events and the memories they spark from the past. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Linda | 11/9/2013

    " Worth reading just for this particularly lovely description of a sighting of a rare and shortlived butterfly and the privilege of seeing it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alanna | 10/20/2013

    " Fascinating woman and a wonderful writer. It seems a bit backwards to read her autobiography when I haven't ever read any of the mysteries for which she is famous, but I can't regret my decision to read this at all. I just wish I could meet this amazing woman! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Nordia | 9/26/2013

    " Not a fan of this particular item but of P.D. James in general "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary Pat | 9/9/2013

    " Couldn't resist a memoir from one of my favorite authors. An interesting approach -- a year in the life, instead of the life overall. She ranges back and forth through her life, however, and sprinkles her running account of current activities with memories of the past. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maureen | 6/28/2013

    " Checked this one out of the Library, twice. I should buy a copy. Very readable story of PD James journey which led her to become a great mystery author after working over 30 years in a government job she never per really cared for. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anju | 6/13/2013

    " She is an excellent writer. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brick Books | 4/11/2013

    " really interesting to follow P.D. James' activities over one year. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jhana | 3/9/2013

    " She's brilliant, literary, misanthropic, searingly sharp, and somehow modest to boot. Oh, and she's 88. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jessica Hatchigan | 1/28/2013

    " P.D. James writes about her life and its challenges, including a husband who never recovered from wartime trauma. Anything P.D. James writes reads beautifully, and her autobiography is no exception. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Steve | 1/18/2013

    " I love PD James. Adore her writing. Would have thought she could rewrite the phone book and it would be great. But it must be a bad sign that I just can't get through this book. I keep putting it down to read something else. What is that about? "

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About the Author

P. D. James (1920–2014), English crime writer, was the author of numerous detective novels, many of which were New York Times bestsellers. She spent thirty years in various departments of the British civil service, including the Police and Criminal Law Departments of the Home Office. She has served as a magistrate and as a governor of the BBC. In 2000 she celebrated her eightieth birthday and published her autobiography, Time to Be in Earnest. The recipient of many prizes and honors, she was named Baroness James of Holland Park in 1991.