Author PD James has died, aged 94, her family has confirmed in a statement.
“It is with great sadness that the family of author PD James, Baroness James of Holland Park OBE, FRSL, FRSA, announce that she died peacefully at her home in Oxford on the morning of 27 November 2014, aged 94, a much-loved mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.”
Baroness Phyllis Dorothy James was best known as a crime writer, and in particular for her series of 14 novels following police detective and poet Adam Dalgliesh, beginning with 1962’s Cover Her Face and ending in 2008 with The Private Patient.
Her last book was Death Comes to Pemberley, a murder mystery sequel to Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, which is among numerous of James’s works adapted for television, airing on BBC1 last Christmas.
Dalgliesh was the subject of numerous TV productions, with ten of James’s novels adapted by ITV and starring Roy Marsden before Martin Shaw took over the role for a further two films made by the BBC.
Since James’ death was announced this afternoon, tributes have been pouring in on Twitter with fellow authors Ian Rankin, Malorie Blackman and Val McDermid both paying their respects:
So sad about PD James. Every event I did with her was a joy. Sharp intellect, ready wit. She will be missed.— Ian Rankin (@Beathhigh) November 27, 2014
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 (@valmcdermid) November 27, 2014
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 is away (@malorieblackman) November 27, 2014
Oh PD James. Suffolk is in mourning.
— emma freud (@emmafreud) November 27, 2014
Sad to hear of the death of PD James. Always a great friend to #BBCWomansHour and a joy to interview.— Jenni Murray (@whjm) November 27, 2014
"Feel, he told himself, feel, feel, feel. Even if what you feel is pain, only let yourself feel.” (Children of Men). Sad to lose PD James.
— Danny Leigh (@dannytheleigh) November 27, 2014
Rest in Peace PD James - a fab writer and a lovely lady.— James Norton (@jginorton) November 27, 2014