Faber celebrates centenary of P D James' birth

Faber celebrates centenary of P D James' birth

Faber will celebrate the 100th anniversary of P D James’ birth by publishing her short story "The Part-Time Job" in book form for the first time. 

Monday 3rd August will mark what would have been the 100th birthday of James, which Faber published for over 50 years following the publication of her first novel, Cover Her Face, in 1962.

In celebration of this centenary, Faber will publish short story "The Part-Time Job" in book form, which editorial director Angus Cargill described as “an ingenious, dark-treat of a story”. He added: “I’m so pleased we will be bringing it to light in this way. While it didn’t quite fit in the seasonally themed collections The Mistletoe Murders or Sleep No More, it’s something of a die-hard fan favourite, and will thrill and surprise those who haven’t been able to read it before.” Faber published The Mistletoe Murders in 2016 and Sleep No More in 2017.

Faber will also publish a specially designed new paperback edition of A Mind to Murder, the second novel in James' Adam Dalgliesh series. Faber said it hopes to draw a new generation of readers to "this great character and classic series". 

The publisher will also commemorate the centenary with a year-long celebration of her work, sharing archive content with the hashtag #PDJames100, engaging with her fans via an official Facebook page and website as well as providing bookshops with exclusive point-of-sale material. 

James–awarded an OBE in 1983 and made a life peer in 1991–was the author of 18 crime novels including the Adam Dalgliesh and Cordelia Gray series, The Children of Men and two posthumously published collections of short stories. She won numerous awards for crime writing, including the Mystery Writers of America Grandmaster Award and the CWA Diamond Dagger, the highest honour in British crime writing. She died in 2014, aged 94.

Faber chief executive officer Stephen Page said: "The prospect of finding new readers for P D James’ extraordinary body of work while celebrating her talent and lasting relevance is a thrilling undertaking for us. The fact that her novels, now modern classics, remain compelling and deeply involving is testament to her singular literary talent."