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Author News: New novel from P D James, press release


Faber is delighted to announce the publication of a new P. D. James novel: Death Comes to Pemberley masterfully recreates the world of Pride and Prejudice, and sets a murder at its heart. It will be published on 3 November, price: £18.99, hardback.

The year is 1803, and Darcy and Elizabeth have been married for six years. There are now two handsome and healthy sons in the Pemberley nursery, Elizabeth’s beloved sister Jane and her husband, Bingley, live within seventeen miles, the ordered and secure life of Pemberley seems unassailable, and Elizabeth’s happiness in her marriage is complete. But their peace is threatened and old sins and misunderstandings are rekindled on the eve of the annual autumn ball. The Darcys and their guests are preparing to retire for the night when a chaise appears, rocking down the path from Pemberley’s wild woodland, and as it pulls up, Lydia Wickham, an uninvited guest, tumbles out, screaming that her husband has been murdered.

In a pitch-perfect recreation of the world of Pride and Prejudice, P. D. James elegantly fuses her lifelong passion for the work of Jane Austen with her talent for writing detective fiction. She weaves a compelling story, combining a sensitive insight into the happy but threatened marriage of the Darcys and the excitement and suspense of a brilliantly crafted detective story. Death Comes to Pemberley enshrines the qualities her readers have come to expect: psychological and emotional richness of characterisation, vivid evocation of place, and a credible and superbly structured plot, in a powerful and distinguished work of fiction.

Stephen Page, CEO and Publisher at Faber said:

‘It is always a moment of great excitement when P. D. James delivers a new novel but the brilliance of both the idea and the execution on this occasion is simply breathtaking. It’s such an elegant, intelligent and moving book that is certain to delight an enormous readership.’

P. D. James said:

‘It has been a joy to revisit Pride and Prejudice and to discover, as one always does, new delights and fresh insights. I have to apologise to Jane Austen for involving her beloved Elizabeth in a murder investigation but this fusion of my two enthusiasms – for the novels of Jane Austen and for writing detective stories – has given me great pleasure which I hope will be shared by my readers.’


9 comments on “Author News: New novel from P D James, press release

  1. Mary Mayfield
    September 22, 2011

    One I’ll definitely look out for. I’m never quite sure about ‘follow-on’ books that tag onto the end of a classic but this does sound interesting.

  2. Rosalind Adam
    September 22, 2011

    Sounds as if it’s going to be a great read. Looking forward to it (Hope they don’t try to do a TV version though! It never works.)

    • crimeficreader
      September 22, 2011

      I’ll let you know if I hear anything on the TV side.

  3. Maureen
    September 22, 2011

    What a fabulous idea for a story! I look forward to reading it.

    • crimeficreader
      September 22, 2011

      Wonderfully positive response to this one! Good old PDJ, a grande dame!

  4. dorothyjames
    September 22, 2011

    I admit, I would not have cared for this idea from anyone but P D James, but I am extremely curious to see what she does with it. She will pull it off, if anyone can.

    • crimeficreader
      September 22, 2011

      I think quite a few are looking forward to this one. Quite unexpected too.

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