PD James Dies Aged 94

Crime writer PD James has died at the age of 94.

The news was confirmed by her agent.

It is understood she passed away "peacefully at her home in Oxford".

PD James is the author of more than 20 books, many of which have been adapted for television and film. One of her most famous titles is 'Death Comes To Pemberley' – a spin-off of Jane Austen's 'Pride and Prejudice'.

Born on 3 August 1920, Phyllis Dorothy James published her first novel at the age of 42. In 1987, she was awarded the Crime Writers' Association's Diamond Dagger award for lifetime achievement, and in 2005, received the Medal of Honour for Literature by the National Arts Club.


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