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16 March 2014
20:38

The Grantchester Mysteries

 Volume 3 of The Grantchester Mysteries, Sidney Chambers and the Problem of Evil, will be published in May and is available for pre-order. 

I am now working on Volume 4, Sidney Chambers and the Forgiveness of Sins.

Sidney Chambers and the Shadow of Death  is being adapted for television and will run as a six part series in the autumn of 2014 on ITV 1.

The production company is Lovely Day, the writer is Daisy Coulam and filming will take place in Grantchester and London in April/May 2014.

Casting is happening now! 

ITV Press release is here: http://www.itv.com/presscentre/press-releases/itv-commissions-six-part-series-grantchester#.UocfF5RmUVk

16 March 2014
20:38

Southbank Centre

THE LITERATURE SPRING/SUMMER SEASON IS HERE

 http://www.southbankcentre.co.uk/whatson/calendar?filter%5Bartform%5D=1651

 I am currently directing these shows:


 FRIDAY 30TH MAY, SATURDAY 31ST MAY

 PLATO'S SYMPOSIUM

 QUEEN ELIZABETH HALL

 Some of the finest thinkers in Ancient Greece come together for a drinking party to discuss the nature of love. What is it? Where does it come from? What does it mean to be in love?

Whether it's erotic or platonic, the love of self, family or country, each guest makes a case for a different type of love and why it matters.

Plato's Symposium is possibly the most influential book about love ever written, setting out the differences between 'erotic' and 'platonic' love and including the origin of the idea that each of us need to find our 'other half.'


SUNDAY 1ST JUNE

SHAKESPEARE S SONNETS

ROYAL FESTIVAL HALL

A complete reading of every one of Shakespeare's 154 sonnets led by Simon Russell Beale and Harriet Walter.

Part one 5pm 6.30 pm
Part two 7.15pm 9pm


SUNDAY JULY 20TH 

LOVE EACH OTHER OR PERISH

ROYAL FESTIVAL HALL

 Hear fifty of the greatest love poems from the last fifty years. Actors and poets from across the globe come together for a celebratory reading. What does love give us? It gives us hope; courage; defiance. Through these poems we look at the world as it is now, through human qualities that counteract hate: love, empathy, humanity.

Tickets here: http://www.southbankcentre.co.uk

 

 
5 May 2013
12:09

Sidney Chambers and the Perils of the Night

Volume 2 of The Grantchester Mysteries, Sidney Chambers and the Perils of the Night  is out now in hardback, featuring six interlocking stories that run from 1958-1961. Here are extracts from some reviews:

Totally English, beautifully written, perfectly in period and wryly funny. More please!' Country Life

It takes a first-class writer to put together a convincing storyline for such unlikely circumstances. James Runcie does it admirably. Sidney, like all good clergy, possesses an understanding of human nature that transcends simplistic judgments. He is a good man in an imperfect world and we should welcome him to the ranks of classic detectives.   Daily Mail

"Runcie is emerging as Grantchester's answer to Alexander McCall Smith. The book brings a dollop of Midsomer Murders to the Church of England , together with a literate charm of its own..." The Spectator

"Richly atmospheric" Publishers Weekly

 "The period is perfectly evoked, with the Cold War featuring in some of the storylines. I was happy to learn that there are four more installments planned. I'll be reading them all."    Historical Novel Society

"The author is a master wordsmith, writing in delicate, lyrical prose Readers definitely are in for a treat when they meet this gentlemanly but worldly man of the cloth. I cannot but hope there are many more cases in his future."   Mystery Scene

"It seems that there are four more books in this series. It is hard to imagine how James Runcie can top this." Shots Ezine

5 May 2013
11:52

Sidney Chambers and the Shadow of Death

Sidney Chambers and the Shadow of Death is now available as a paperback:

"An undiluted pleasure" The Scotsman.

"A perfect accompaniment to a sunny afternoon, a hammock and a glass of Pimm's" The Guardian

"Chambers is a winning clergyman-sleuth ... There is no denying the charm of these artfully fashioned mysteries"   The Independent

"A charmingly effective tale of detection"  The Times

"The cosiest of cozy murder mysteries."  New York Times Book Review

Book of the Year 2012 in The Spectator and The Scotsman.