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Sir David Cannadine, March 2018

Phyllis Dorothy James

Painting of P.D. James

Phyllis Dorothy James (1920–2014) took the murder mystery novel that had its golden age in the 1920s and 1930s and deepened it emotionally, psychologically, and morally, to give it another golden age, becoming one of the best-known crime fiction writers in the world. Her works include the Adam Dalgliesh mysteries, Innocent Blood, and The Children of Men.

Image credit: 'Phyllis Dorothy James (1920–2014)' via National Portrait Gallery.

Constance Georgine Markievicz

Constance Georgine Markievicz

Constance Markievicz (1868–1927) was an Irish republican, executive member of Sinn Féin, suffragette, and socialist. She joined the Irish Citizen Army in the Easter Rising of 1916 and was sentenced to death for her part in the rebellion; this was commuted because of her sex. She became the first woman elected to British parliament and the first woman in history to hold a cabinet position.

Image credit: 'Constance Georgine Markievicz' via National Library of Ireland.