Quotations by James, P.D.


It was one of those perfect English autumnal days which occur more frequently in memory than in life.

P.D. James (b. 1920) British mystery writer [Phyllis Dorothy James White]
“Rhesus Positive,” A Taste for Death (1986)
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Open your mind to new experiences, particularly to the study of other people. Nothing that happens to a writer — however happy, however tragic — is ever wasted.

P.D. James (b. 1920) British mystery writer [Phyllis Dorothy James White]
In “Ten Rules for Writing Fiction,” The Guardian (20 Feb 2010)
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I don’t think writers choose their genre, the genre chooses us. I wrote out of a wish to create order out of disorder. The liking of pattern.

P.D. James (b. 1920) British mystery writer [Phyllis Dorothy James White]
Interview with Jake Kerridge (Sep 2009)
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What the detective story is about is not murder but the restoration of order.

P.D. James (b. 1920) British mystery writer [Phyllis Dorothy James White]
Interview, Face (Dec 1986)
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