The Baroness James of Holland Park, OBE

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Celebrated English crime writer P D James has become famous for her detective crime novels. Educated at Cambridge High School for Girls, James had to leave school aged 16 to work. She held down various jobs, working in a tax office, as an assistant stage manager for a theatre group and for a London hospital board. When James’s husband, an army doctor, returned from World War II suffering from mental illness, James was forced to provide for her whole family. James’s first novel was published in 1962, and she says her longevity is her greatest achievement, with her philosophy being “work well at what you love best and continue to love, learn and work until the end”. 

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