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British Author P.D. James Has Died Aged 94

The author of over 20 books, including An Unsuitable Job for a Woman and Children of Men, died peacefully this morning.

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Phyllis Dorothy James, better known to readers as P.D. James, died "peacefully at her home in Oxford" this morning, according to her agent. She was 94.

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Primarily known for her crime fiction, James was the author of more than 20 books, including 14 featuring police detective Adam Dalgleish as well as Children of Men, on which the 2006 film was based.

Her most recent book was 2011's Death Comes to Pemberley, a murder-mystery sequel to Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice.

Her publisher, Faber and Faber, said in a statement:

It is difficult to express our profound sadness at losing PD James, one of the world's great writers and a Faber author since her first publication in 1962.

She was so very remarkable in every aspect of her life, an inspiration and great friend to us all. It is a privilege to publish her extraordinary books. Working with her was always the best of times, full of joy. We will miss her hugely.

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Authors Ian Rankin, Val McDermid, and Malorie Blackman and prime minister David Cameron paid tribute to James on Twitter.

So sad about PD James. Every event I did with her was a joy. Sharp intellect, ready wit. She will be missed.

Ian Rankin@BeathhighFollow

So sad about PD James. Every event I did with her was a joy. Sharp intellect, ready wit. She will be missed.

1:35 PM - 27 Nov 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

I salute the great PD James for so many reasons. Today, I've lost a friend as well as a teacher. There was nothing cosy about Phyllis.

Val McDermid@valmcdermidFollow

I salute the great PD James for so many reasons. Today, I've lost a friend as well as a teacher. There was nothing cosy about Phyllis.

2:14 PM - 27 Nov 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

RIP PD James. I was lucky enough to meet her when we both served on the SoA Management Committee. Always a class act. http://t.co/x0uh51DT3y

Malorie Blackman@malorieblackmanFollow

RIP PD James. I was lucky enough to meet her when we both served on the SoA Management Committee. Always a class act. http://t.co/x0uh51DT3y

2:23 PM - 27 Nov 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Saddened to hear of the death of P.D. James, one of the UK’s greatest crime writers, who thrilled and inspired generations of readers.

David Cameron@David_CameronFollow

Saddened to hear of the death of P.D. James, one of the UK’s greatest crime writers, who thrilled and inspired generations of readers.

2:24 PM - 27 Nov 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Readers also took to Twitter to pay their respects:

My dad literally called my mom, from whom he is divorced, first thing this morning to break the news about PD James to her gently.

Nicole Cliffe@Nicole_CliffeFollow

My dad literally called my mom, from whom he is divorced, first thing this morning to break the news about PD James to her gently.

2:50 PM - 27 Nov 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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Just heard PD James has died. Was lucky enough to interview her last Christmas. A real character who could run rings around the youngsters.

Karen Price@karenmediawalesFollow

Just heard PD James has died. Was lucky enough to interview her last Christmas. A real character who could run rings around the youngsters.

1:52 PM - 27 Nov 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

PD James: As a little girl, when someone read "Humpty Dumpty" to her, she asked, "Did he fall or was he pushed?"

Amber Love@elizabethamberFollow

PD James: As a little girl, when someone read "Humpty Dumpty" to her, she asked, "Did he fall or was he pushed?"

1:52 PM - 27 Nov 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

She didn't publish her first novel until she was 42 but boy did she get busy after that. A fantastic storyteller. RIP PD James

Hannah Beckerman@hannahbeckermanFollow

She didn't publish her first novel until she was 42 but boy did she get busy after that. A fantastic storyteller.
RIP PD James

2:15 PM - 27 Nov 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

James was a made a Tory life peer of the House of Lords in 1991 as Baroness James of Holland Park. She is survived by two daughters, Claire and Jane.

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