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James, P. D.. THE PRIVATE PATIENT - Faber & Faber 2008

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The Private Patient by P. D. James. 2008 - Faber & Faber. For sale is a first edition, later printing. fine used hardback book in a fine dust jacket.

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For sale is a fine hardback copy of the novel, The Private Patient by P. D. James, published in 2008 by Faber & Faber.

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Title The Private Patient
Author P. D. James
Publisher Faber & Faber
Edition first edition, later printing
Copyright Year 2008
ISBN 9780571242443
Cover Price 18.99
No. Pages 395
Dimensions 24 cm x 16 cm
Weight (kg) 0.81

The book is a first edition, later printing as evidenced by an incomplete numberline on the copyright page.

The book has black boards and silver lettering. The boards have no knocks or signs of wear. Internally there are no marks or inscriptions. The pages are clean and not excessively toned, have no tears or creases, and the binding is tight and square.

The fine dust jacket is complete showing the original cover price of £18.99.

Overall a fine copy of a novel by a popular author.

The book is not an ex library book, it has no remainder marks or publisher's stamps.

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P. D. James

P. D. James was born in Oxford in 1920 and educated at Cambridge High School for Girls. From 1949 to 1968 she worked in the National Health Service and subsequently in the Home Office, first in the Police Department and later in the Criminal Policy Department. All that experience has been used in her novels. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and of the Royal Society of the Arts and has served as a Governor of the BBC, a member of the Arts Council, where she was Chairman of its Literary Advisory Panel, on the Board of the British Council and as a magistrate in Middlesex and London. She has won awards for crime writing in Britain, America, Italy and Scandinavia, including the Mystery Writers of America Grandmaster Award. She has received honorary degrees from seven British universities, was awarded an OBE in 1983 and was created a life peer in 1991. In 1997 she was elected President of the Society of Authors.

She lives in London and Oxford and has two daughters, five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Synopsis of this title

Notorious investigative journalist Rhoda Gradwyn books into a private clinic in Dorset for the removal of a disfiguring and long-standing facial scar. She was never to leave there alive. Dalgliesh and his team are called in to investigate the murder, and later a second death, which are to raise even more complicated problems than the question of innocence or guilt.

Reviews of this title


“Although she tackles contemporary social issues with relish, James will still use old-fashioned narrative devices dating back to the golden age of crime fiction. That’s because they still work.” –Calgary Herald

“Her skill and vitality are not diminished . . . The Private Patient is classic James.” –Scotsman

“This is a book about the way we live now . . . James brings a stinging clarity to the complicated goings-on in the Dorset countryside” –The Sunday Times

“Elegantly phrased, plot-driven, multi-layered and laced with menace.” –Observer

“P. D. James — in the eyes of many admirers the world’s finest living crime novelist.” –The Windsor Star

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