P D James: With benefit of hindsight

Beyond the age of 80, P D James observes, "one can't pretend one's young any more". The veteran crime writer will be 83 when her latest book The Murder Room (Faber, 3rd July, £17.99, 0571218210) is published, yet there is no sign of her work losing any of its vigour. Death in Holy Orders, published in 2001, was acclaimed by the critics and has sold a million copies across all editions, according to her publisher; and there is a feeling within the trade that The Murder Room--set in a private museum on the edge of Hampstead Heath--can repeat that success.

At her home in Holland Park, west Lo...

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