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Sleep No More: Six Murderous Tales
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P. D. James
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Sleep No More: Six Murderous Tales

P. D. James


Faber & Faber

Fiction & Literature;
Crime & mystery


192 pages

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Gathered together for the first time, these six exquisite tales are all based on revenge, meted out by the unseen forces of natural justice, rather than legal institutions. Bullying schoolmasters receive their comeuppance, unhappy marriages and childhoods are avenged, a murder in the small hours of Christmas Day puts an end to the vicious new lord of the manor, and from the safety of his nursing home, an octogenarian exerts fitting retribution. Brilliantly crafted, utterly satisfying!

As a companion volume to The Mistletoe Murder: And Other Stories, a further six of P D James's ingenious short stories are published here together for the first time.

As the six murderous tales unfold, the dark motive of revenge is revealed at the heart of each. The punishment inflicted on the guilty is fittingly severe, meted out by the unseen forces of natural justice, rather than the institutions of the law. Once again, P D James shows her expert control of the short-story form, conjuring motives and scenarios with complete conviction, and each with a satisfying twist in the tail.

By:   P. D. James
Imprint:   Faber & Faber
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Edition:   Main
Dimensions:   Height: 198mm,  Width: 129mm,  Spine: 13mm
Weight:   304g
ISBN:   9780571339877
ISBN 10:   0571339875
Pages:   192
Publication Date:   October 2017
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

P. D. James (1920-2014) was born in Oxford 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 was used in her novels. She was a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and of the Royal Society of Arts and served as a Governor of the BBC, a member of the Arts Council, where she was Chairman of the Literary Advisory Panel, on the Board of the British Council and as a magistrate in Middlesex and London. She was an Honorary Bencher of the Honourable Society of the Inner Temple. She won awards for crime writing in Britain, America, Italy and Scandinavia, including the Mystery Writers of America Grandmaster Award and The National Arts Club Medal of Honor for Literature (US). She 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, stepping down from the post in August 2013.

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