This morning I went to the Oxford Literary Festival – only the third event I’ve attended in eight years in Oxford – and saw P.D. James talking with Peter Kemp (of the Sunday Times) about Death Comes to Pemberley. As I’ve grown to expect from James’s appearances, she was a witty and wise speaker – even without having read Death Comes to Pemberley (or, indeed, any of her books) I loved it.
My highlight from the event was the childhood story which revealed James’s early propensity for crime literature: when her mother read her Humpty Dumpty, young Phyllis’s question was “Did he fall, or was he pushed?”
I didn’t join my friends in buying a copy and getting it signed, because of my Lenten fast, but I was tempted… has anyone read it? I’ve heard mixed reviews, but would like to hear the yay or nay from you lot… those of you who are you still talking to me after my post on The Rector’s Daughter!