TIME TO BE IN EARNEST
A Fragment of Autobiography

P D JAMES
304pp 2015 LIST PRICE: £10.00 B858

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In this very personal book, part diary, part memoir, P D James considers the twelve months of her life between her 77th and 78th birthdays, and looks back on her earlier life. She recalls what it was like to be a schoolgirl in the 1920s and 1930s in Cambridge, and the Doodlebug bombardment in London during the war. It follows her work as an administrator in the National Health Service, then on to the Home Office in the forensic and criminal justice departments. She later served as a Governor of the BBC, an influential member of the British Council, the Arts Council and the Society of Authors, and eventually entering the House of Lords. The diary deals with her burgeoning reputation as a novelist and with the craft of the classical detective story. She also details the writing of one of her most carefully researched books, A Certain Justice.
Deeply moving . . . Page after page recalls a vanished world. NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW