Talking about Detective Fiction by P. D. James audiobook

Talking about Detective Fiction

By P. D. James
Read by Diana Bishop

Blackstone Publishing, Blackstone Publishing
4.30 Hours Unabridged
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To judge by the worldwide success of Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes and Agatha Christie’s Poirot, it is not only the Anglo-Saxons who have an appetite for mystery and mayhem. Talking about the craft of detective writing and sharing her personal thoughts and observations on one of the most popular and enduring forms of literature, P. D. James examines the challenges, achievements, and potential of a genre which has fascinated her for nearly fifty years as a novelist. P. D. James explores the metamorphosis of a genre which has gripped and entertained the popular imagination like no other type of novel. Written by the author widely regarded as the queen of the detective novel, this book is sure to appeal to all aficionados of crime fiction.

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Summary

Summary

Winner of the 2010 Anthony Award for Best Critical Nonfiction Work

Winner of the 2010 Macavity Award for Best Mystery Nonfiction

A 2009 Agatha Award Finalist for Best Nonfiction

A 2010 Edgar Allan Poe Award Nominee for Best Critical/Biographical Work

To judge by the worldwide success of Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes and Agatha Christie’s Poirot, it is not only the Anglo-Saxons who have an appetite for mystery and mayhem. Talking about the craft of detective writing and sharing her personal thoughts and observations on one of the most popular and enduring forms of literature, P. D. James examines the challenges, achievements, and potential of a genre which has fascinated her for nearly fifty years as a novelist. P. D. James explores the metamorphosis of a genre which has gripped and entertained the popular imagination like no other type of novel. Written by the author widely regarded as the queen of the detective novel, this book is sure to appeal to all aficionados of crime fiction.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“An amiable, personal appreciation of the genre by someone who has been one of its most accomplished and popular exponents.” Times (London)
“An avid book-length essay on the roots, ethics, and methods of the detective story…Her opinions are often surprising and determinedly contrary…Refreshingly outspoken.” New York Times
“[P.D. James’s] literary sensibility—calm observation and exact description—is on ample display here.” Wall Street Journal
“It’s like sitting across from P. D. James over tea, and that, naturally, is a delight.” Booklist
“Anyone who is interested in P. D. James’s own fiction will want to read this, but it stands in its own right as a deeper, more thoughtful enquiry into what it is we get out of detective fiction…Elegant and thoughtful.” Independent (London)
“Fascinating…Her writing shows a vast knowledge and abiding love for the genre she describes.” USA Today
“A master class on British mysteries…It’s hard to imagine a better guide.” Christian Science Monitor
“P. D. James is the undisputed grande dame of the modern mystery…She presents an energetic, insightful, and often witty history of the genre.” Boston Globe

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Author

Author Bio: P. D. James

Author Bio: P. D. James

P. D. James (1920–2014), English crime writer, was the author of numerous detective novels, many of which were New York Times bestsellers. She spent thirty years in various departments of the British civil service, including the Police and Criminal Law Departments of the Home Office. She has served as a magistrate and as a governor of the BBC. In 2000 she celebrated her eightieth birthday and published her autobiography, Time to Be in Earnest. The recipient of many prizes and honors, she was named Baroness James of Holland Park in 1991.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD
Category: Nonfiction
Runtime: 4.30
Audience: Adult
Language: English