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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (229 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: P. D. James Narrator: Sheila Mitchell Publisher: AudioGO Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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! "

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