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Time to Be in Earnest

(1999)
A Fragment of Autobiography
A non fiction book by

 
 


Originally loathe to embark on a full autobiography, P.D. James decided to chronicle a year in her life - the twelve months between her 77th and 78th birthday - and in so doing found the daily events and reflections of the present a springboard into the past. The result is a unique and very personal book - part diary, part memoir - that spans almost the full century.

She recalls, with insight and warmth, what it was like to grow up in post-Victorian England in a poor family, to be a schoolgirl in the 1930s. She recreates memories of giving birth to her daughter during the Doodlebug bombardment of London; struggling to support her family while trying to write; working in the Home Office in the forensic and criminal justice departments; serving as the Governor of the BBC, and eventually entering the House of Lords. And she explores the craft of the classical detective story of which she is a master.

Through a life of hard work, creativity and public service her reputation grew. During the busy year in which this memoir was penned, she published the #1 bestseller, A Certain Justice.

Genre: Mystery

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Hardback Editions

May 2015 : UK Hardback
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Title: Time to Be in Earnest
Author(s): P D James
ISBN: 0-571-32569-6 / 978-0-571-32569-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: Faber & Faber
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March 2001 : UK Hardback
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Title: Time to be in Earnest: A Fragment of Autobiography (Windsor Selection S.)
Author(s): P D James
ISBN: 0-7540-1504-1 / 978-0-7540-1504-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: Chivers Large print (Chivers, Windsor, Paragon & C
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November 2000 : USA Hardback
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Title: Time to Be in Earnest: A Fragment of Autobiography
Author(s): P D James
ISBN: 0-7862-2831-8 / 978-0-7862-2831-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Thorndike Pr
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May 2000 : USA Hardback
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Title: Time to Be in Earnest : A Fragment of Autobiography
Author(s): P D James
ISBN: 0-676-97277-2 / 978-0-676-97277-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Knopf Canada
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May 2000 : USA Hardback
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Title: Time to Be in Earnest: A Fragment of Autobiography
Author(s): P D James
ISBN: 0-676-97271-3 / 978-0-676-97271-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Random House Inc (T)
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April 2000 : USA Hardback
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Title: Time to Be in Earnest: A Fragment of Autobiography - Signed Edition
Author(s): P D James
ISBN: 0-375-41091-0 / 978-0-375-41091-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Knopf
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April 2000 : USA Hardback
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Title: Time to Be in Earnest : A Fragment of Autobiography
Author(s): P D James
ISBN: 0-375-41066-X / 978-0-375-41066-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Knopf
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November 1999 : UK Hardback
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Title: Time to Be in Earnest: A Fragment of Autobiography
Author(s): P D James
ISBN: 0-571-20094-X / 978-0-571-20094-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: Faber & Faber
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Paperback Editions

December 2001 : UK Paperback
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Title: Time to be in Earnest: A Fragment of Autobiography (Windsor Selection S.)
Author(s): P D James
ISBN: 0-7540-2384-2 / 978-0-7540-2384-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: Chivers Large print (Chivers, Windsor, Paragon & C
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June 2001 : USA Paperback
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Title: Time to Be in Earnest : A Fragment of Autobiography
Author(s): P D James
ISBN: 0-676-97344-2 / 978-0-676-97344-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Knopf Canada
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February 2001 : USA Paperback
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Title: Time to Be in Earnest: A Fragment of Autobiography
Author(s): P D James
ISBN: 0-345-44212-1 / 978-0-345-44212-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Ballantine Books
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November 2000 : UK Paperback
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Title: Time to Be in Earnest: A Fragment of Autobiography
Author(s): P D James
ISBN: 0-571-20396-5 / 978-0-571-20396-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: Faber & Faber
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Audio Editions

February 2015 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Time to Be in Earnest: A Fragment of Autobiography
Author(s): P D James
Publisher: Faber & Faber
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February 2015 : UK Audio edition
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Title: Time to Be in Earnest: A Fragment of Autobiography
Author(s): P D James
Publisher: Faber & Faber
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2012 : UK Audio CD

Title: Time to Be in Earnest: A Fragment of Autobiography
Author(s): P D James, Read by Sheila Mitchell
ISBN: 1-4713-1330-1 / 978-1-4713-1330-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: AudioGo
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June 2000 : UK Audio Cassette
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Title: Time to be in Earnest: Complete & Unabridged: A Fragment of Autobiography
Author(s): P D James
ISBN: 0-7540-0496-1 / 978-0-7540-0496-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: Chivers Audio Books
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Kindle Editions

February 2011 : Australia, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Time to Be in Earnest: A Fragment of Autobiography
Author(s): P D James
Publisher: Faber & Faber
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December 2010 : Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Time to be in Earnest
Author(s): P D James
Publisher: Vintage Canada
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December 2007 : USA Kindle edition
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Title: Time to Be in Earnest
Author(s): P D James
Publisher: Ballantine Books
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