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On the Books: P.D. James says she's solved real-life murder case

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The Skull Beneath The Skin

The worlds of fiction and non-fiction are colliding — author P.D. James believes she’s solved a cold case. Meanwhile, fans of Morrissey in the U.S. may finally be able to get their hands on a copy (for less than the inflated prices of copies shipped from the U.K., anyway). Those headlines and more below:

Crime novelist P.D. James says she’s solved a real-life case, the 1931 murder of Julia Wallace, which inspired her 1982 novel The Skull Beneath the Skin. She explains her findings in an article for The Sunday Times (subscription required). [The Guardian]

The New York Times reports that Morrissey’s autobiography has been acquired by U.S. publisher G.P.Putnam’s Sons, a Penguin Random House imprint. [The New York Times]

Over in Ireland, political party Fianna Fail is working to abolish the country’s Censorship of Publications Board, one of the strictest censorship programs in western Europe. [The Independent]

Langston Hughes’ former home is up for sale. [Cleveland.com]

On to some must-reads: Webcomic writer/MS Paint artist Allie Brosh, the mind behind “Hyperbole and a Half,” gave an illuminating interview to the Telegraph. [Telegraph]

Today is National Cat Day. To celebrate, here’s the foreword to The Big New Yorker Book of Cats. [The New Yorker]

Julie Bosman explores the rise of board-book adaptations of literary classics for children. [The New York Times]

Does being published discourage you from continuing to write? Lionel Shriver investigates. [The New Republic]