This 1996 portrait of the late P.D. James was painted by Michael R. Taylor, its setting the sitter's study in her London home. Baroness James commented in the course of this interview that as depicted here, hers is "the face of someone who has looked on the darker side of life."
Click here for an audio interview from 2009 in which P.D. James discusses the qualities she admires in men and women and with which she endowed her detective Adam Dalgleish; the background to and influences on her writing career; the detective novel's ordering function; the implicit contract between reader and writer, and the fascination of plotting detective fiction.
Having read many James novels over the years, I'm revisiting her work by beginning with her first book, Cover Her Face, which I am much enjoying.