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‘The Children Of Men’ by P.D. James

More and more people were seeking the company of their own kind, deserting the lonelier villages even before prudence or official decree made it necessary, and moving to those designated urban districts where the Warden had promised that light and power would be provided, if possible, until the end.

During his visits as an undergraduate he remembered regretting that the peace of the church and the house, which it was difficult to believe were so close to the city, had been spoiled by the loud, ceaseless roar from the M40 motorway.

Lines from page 76 of charity shop purchase, paperback copy.


What Is ‘Teaser Tuesdays’?

  Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of ‘Should Be Reading’.

Anyone can take part, by just doing the following:

1. Grab your current read.

2. Open to a random page.

3. Share a couple of  “teaser” sentences, from somewhere on that page.

4. Be careful not to share “spoiler” sentences, that give away too much about the book.

5. Remember to share the title and author too.

6. Head on over to ‘should be reading’ and leave a link to your post, so that others can share it and you can share other people’s.

It would be great if you then decided to leave a comment, as we all like to receive them and are interested in your thoughts.


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I began blogging, when I realised just how many other people out there shared my passion for the written word and I have been continually amazed at the wealth of books that are available and the amount of great new friends I have made, from literally 'The Four Corners Of The World'.

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    • Hi Alice Audrey,

      Thanks for stopping by and leaving comment. I love ‘meeting’ new people and I look forward to all comments, which are much appreciated.

      I don’t know about ‘Apocalyptic’, but this is how a critic from one of our UK daily papers summed it up:

      ‘As taut, terrifying and ultimately convincing as anything in the dystopian genre. It is at once a piercing satire on our cosseted, faithless and trivially self-indulgent society and a most tender love story.’

      Sounds good to me, can’t wait to get started on it later today.

    • Hi JoAnne,

      Thanks for visiting today, another new voice on my blog, you are very welcome and thanks for the comment.

      I am really looking forward to starting on this book. The author is generally well known for her crime novels, but as one critic from’ The New York Times’ comments:

      ‘Spare and disturbing … more moving than any of her more famous crime novels.’

    • Hi Kell,

      Thanks for stopping by and leaving comment, it is always appreciated and I love to talk with new visitors.

      This book was first published quite some years ago now and has been languishing on my TBR shelves for a long time.

      I love P.D. James’s crime novels, so I am hoping that this book matches up to the popular acclaim it seems to have attracted

    • Hi Laurel Rain,

      Good to talk with you again.

      I assumed by your comment ‘Chilling’ that we are talking about the book and not the delicious Clive Owen? LOL

      He did indeed star in the film, although I haven’t seen it, which I am quite glad about, now that I have decided to dig the book out of my TBR pile.

      I made the mistake of checking out the film details and if the film isn’t too different from the book in its storyline, I am very disappointed, as the film synopsis gives away many more details about the plot, than the book jacket does!!

      Never mind, it was worth it just to see a close up shot of Clive Owen!!

    • Hi Anya,

      Thanks for stopping by and sharing your thoughts. I can’t believe how many new people I have ‘spoken’ with this week, I love it!

      There are some pretty challenging questions which arise from just those couple of lines, but after reading the synopsis, I can assure you that things get even more weird and wonderful.

      The way the world is headed at the moment, nothing would surprise me and I wonder just how far fetched the storyline may be.

      Off to start reading the book now, I need answers!

  • I’m not familiar with this book, but your comment about the “Death Comes to Pemberley” sounds interesting to me, I will have to keep an eye out for that book.

    • Hi Gigi Ann,

      Thanks for stopping by and leaving your comment, it is always good to hear from you.

      I am not sure that I agree with taking perfectly good classics, which have stood the test of time, then anihilating them, to make them suitable for a modern day audience.

      I thought that the authenticity was part of what made them a classic, including childhood favourites by the likes of the great Enid Blyton, which are deemed ‘politically incorrect’ in a modern day society and are being re-worked to omit and change words and phrases.

      There are plans to re-write 6 Jane Austen classics into contemporary versions, as discussed already P.D. James is to start with Pride and Prejudice and Joanna Trollope is to attempt the equivalent with ‘Sense and Sensibility’


      Much as I admire P.D. James, I still don’t really think much of the idea.

  • I honestly can’t wait for Death Comes to Pemberley! I used to read heaps of P.D. James back when Roy Marsden played Adam Dalgliesh. Had a bit of a crush on him if I’m honest. LOL.

    • Hi Cath,

      I am really not sure about ‘Death Comes To Pemberley’.

      I suppose that if it I could treat it as just another crime/mystery book, by a hugely successful writer in the genre, whose work I enjoy reading, then all well and good. The fear I have is, that always in the back of my mind will be the knowledge that somehow ‘Pride and Prejudice’, a great classic, has been changed and re-written beyond recognition and for what purpose? Why not just write a novel titled ‘Death Comes To Pemberley’ and never link it with one of our national classics?

      As for the television adaptation of the Adam Dalgliesh series, I couldn’t agree with you more about Roy Marsden .. I think it was the way in which he spoke and the timbre of his voice that did it for me, although as Laurel Rain points out, the lovely Clive Owen, who stars in the film adaptation of this particular book ‘The Children Of Men’, also has that ‘je ne sais quoi’.

      I don’t know if P.D. James ever had any say in who was recruited to act the parts of her main characters, but if she did, she is surely one discerning lady!

      Good to speak with you, hope that all is well at home.

      • I understand your fears about Death Comes to Pemberley, and to a point, share them. I love P&P and am hoping P.D. James doesn’t wreck it… but I’m intrigued to see exactly what she does.

        Oh yes, Roy Marsden… I’m sure it was the voice that did it too, and he was so tall and distinguished. LOL. I didn’t care much for Martin Shaw as Dalgliesh… even though I quite like Martin I didn’t feel he was Dalgliesh at all.

        I didn’t know there was a film of Children of Men. Probably won’t be seeing it as I’m not at all keen on Clive Owen I’m afraid. Something about him I don’t care for. Irrational I know.

        My daughter’s had another dose of this viral illness this past week so we’ve been extra busy. I suspect that because she’s at a very low ebb healthwise, she’s suceptible to everything that’s around. Thank you so much for asking.

        • Hi Cath,

          So sorry to hear that your daughter is under the weather again, I know when my sister-in-law was at her lowest whilst waiting for a kidney transplant, she used to pick up just about everything that was going. Even now, when she has had a successful transplant and is in relative good health, whenever she does catch a cold or bug, it takes an age for her to shake off the infection. I wish her well soon.

          I have never seen the film of ‘Children Of Men’. although funnily enough, after us talking about it, I did notice it was showing on one of the more obscure TV channels last week!! Spooky and a shame I didn’t notice it until it was over half way through, so couldn’t see the point of watching the rest, as I don’t want to know the outcome, now that I am half way through the book. We will have to agree to disagree about Clive Owen though!

          Martin Shaw can still ‘do it’ for me I’m afraid. He has always appeared the epitome of the ‘boy next door’, not as suave and debonnaire as Roy Marsden and possibly not a great match as ‘Dalgleish’, but nonetheless still a great heart-throb to me.

          I am prepared to keep an open mind about ‘Death At Pemberley’ and like yourself, am intrigued to see just how she handles it. I can’t believe what a remarkable woman she is to be taking on such an intense project at her time of life. I guess that’s the difference between a ‘writer’ and an ‘author’ who is committed and obviously loves what she does.

          Enjoy your Sunday, whilst this unseasonal weather still holds out, I guess we are in for a great shock when it finally breaks!

    • Hi there Blodeuedd,

      Thanks for stopping by,

      The book is so far shaping up into quite a tense and intense story, I am not sure exactly where we are headed yet, but I don’t think it is all going to end ‘happily ever after’ somehow.

      I am going to cut and paste your comment into my ‘cover art’ post, so that other visitors can read your comments.

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