3 October 2014

Grantchester ITV Monday 6th October 9 pm

"Grantchester", Daisy Coulam's adaptation of Volume One in The Grantchester Mysteries airs on ITV on Monday nights at 9pm from Monday October 2nd. The series will air on PBS in the United States in the New Year.

 It stars James Norton, Robson Green, Morven Christie, Tessa Peake-Jones and Pheline Rogan.

I've written a big piece on it for the Daily Telegraph which you can access here:

3 October 2014

London Literature Festival

The London Literature Festival is now on at the Southbank Centre:

Tuesday 30 September 2014 - Monday 13 October 2014


This autumn we celebrate the power of words to change the world for the better. Concentrating on the themes of freedom, justice and democracy, we celebrate the optimism of the human spirit and the ability of the arts to celebrate and transform lives.

At the centre of this year s London Literature Festival is a tribute to writer Maya Angelou who died in May. She believed:  What you're supposed to do when you don't like something is change it. If you can t change it, change your attitude. Don t complain.  The passionate belief that the arts have the power to transform lives, and should be available to all, lies at the heart of everything we do. So come and join us as we welcome some of the world s finest writers and performers: Hilary MantelStephen FryAlice OswaldKate TempestJohn Cooper ClarkeColm Tóibín and Elif Shafak.

We celebrate the one hundredth anniversary of William Burroughs with an extravaganza that includes a specially commissioned cantata from Gavin Bryars and contemplate what a life without the power of the printed word might be like in a rehearsed reading of Ray Bradbury s classic novel Fahrenheit 451.

We ve also commissioned a new poem by Alice OswaldFreedom Play by Craig Taylor and we welcome Paines Plough Theatre Company s production of one hundred short plays from all over the United Kingdom: Come to Where I m From. This, like many of our other events all over the site, is completely free.

16 March 2014

The Grantchester Mysteries

Volume 3 of The Grantchester Mysteries, Sidney Chambers and the Problem of Evil, is out now.


"Subtly and insidiously pleasurable  The Independent"Gently, funny and undeniably charming" Readers Digest. "Fun to be with, this cleric is enlightened and enlightening" Daily Mail 

 "Runcie's Sidney Chambers books are agreeably unpretentious, yet they ring true. Most of the characters try most of the time to behave well. Some, when they fail and behave badly, are ashamed. This makes them truer to common experience than most crime novels are. Yet in one respect these are very unusual books for our time, because Christianity and the practice of religion are central to Runcie s themes. The function of the dialogue, which rarely seeks to catch the rhythm of common speech, is to explore and examine right and wrong. Runcie and his Sidney Chambers are concerned with souls rather than acts; the effect of the crime on the criminal is the heart of the matter." Allan Massie in The Scotsman  

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

Sidney Chambers and the Shadow of Death is being filmed for television and will run as a six part series in the autumn of 2014 on ITV 1. You can see the first trailer - here 

5 May 2013

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 paperback and on e-readers, 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

Sidney Chambers and the Shadow of Death

Sidney Chambers and the Shadow of Death is now available as a paperback and on e-readers:

"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.