PD James dead: Detective novelist behind Death comes to Pemberley dies aged 94

Her publicist confirmed the acclaimed writer died peacefully at her home

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Celebrated British novelist PD James has died.

The author famous for her series of detective novels passed away at her home in Holland Park this morning, her publicist confirmed.

“It is with great sadness that the family of author P D James, Baroness James of Holland Park OBE, FRSL, FRSA, announce that she died peacefully at her home in Oxford on the morning of 27 November 2014, aged 94,” they said in a statement.


“A much-loved mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.

“The family have requested privacy at this time.”

Born in Oxford, England on 3 August 1920, James started a career as a civil servant at the age of 16. She married and became a mother before she started penning crime and mystery novels when she was in her late 30s.

At the time she retired, she had already gained recognition for the creation of Adam Dalgliesh, the fictional detective of her crime series.

She had also written the acclaimed novels Children of Men and Death Comes to Pemberley.

Among her literary heroes, she cited George Eliot, Evelyn Waugh and Anthony Trollope, alongside the Queen of Crime and her longtime friend Ruth Rendell, Dorothy L. Sayers and Margery Allingham.

She is survived by her two daughters with late husband Ernest Connor Bantry White, Clara and Jane.