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P.D. James in no rush to complete new Dalgliesh novel

22nd July 2010

Crime writer P.D. James appears to be taking the ageing process in her stride, but remains unsure if she will write another Adam Dalgliesh novel.

In an interview with the Daily Telegraph, the writer noted that her most recent Dalgliesh book - The Private Patient - was published in 2008 and said that she is not rushing to complete another.

'Life has been so busy I have only done 10,000 words in six months. I don't want the standard to drop and I don't want a reviewer to be saying: "It's a remarkable book, for a 91-year-old",' she explained.

The author, whose other works include An Unsuitable Job for a Woman and The Children of Men, also told the newspaper that she sees 'no point' in writing another book if it is not 'vintage P.D. James'.

When asked about turning 90 in August, James said that she is finding it hard to slow down as she has so many commitments, but claimed she is leading a 'very happy' life.

In 2008, James was inducted into the Crime Thriller Awards' International Crime Writing Hall of Fame along with Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and Agatha Christie.

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