Join Festival Reader-In-Residence Mari Hannah, whose Kate Daniels crime series is currently in development with Stephen Fry’s production company Sprout Pictures, for a foray into this year’s chosen Big Read Title. Mari is inviting readers to discover P.D. James’ classic and pioneering crime novel An Unsuitable Job For A Woman.
The book introduces Cordelia Gray, the first modern female detective in crime fiction. At the time of creating Cordelia, P.D. James worked as a civil servant in the crime department of the Home Office. Regarding this novel, she wrote: ‘I wanted to have a young heroine of courage and intelligence who faces the problems of life with a determination to be successful in a job which everyone else thinks she won’t be able to do.’