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Quotes by P D James

'It is only by writing, not dreaming about it, that we develop our own style.'

‘The crime novel should have a compelling and credible plot, characters who are more than stereotypes, good writing and the creative integration of setting, narrative, characterisation and theme. To put it simply, a good detective story should be a good novel.'

'Publishers don't nurse you,; they buy and sell you.'

'What the detective story is about is not murder but the restoration of order.'

‘All fiction is largely autobiographical and much autobiography is, of course, fiction.’

'Publishers don't nurse you; they buy and sell you.'

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