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James Runcie
Writers for Readers Colin Thubron
Author of The Grantchester Mysteries, James Runcie was born in 1959, and educated at Marlborough College, Cambridge University and Bristol Old Vic Theatre School. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, Visiting Professor at Bath Spa University, and the Commissioning Editor for Arts at BBC Radio 4. In 2014, ITV launched Grantchester, a prime-time series starring James Norton as Sidney Chambers. He lives in Edinburgh and London.
Award-winning travel writer and novelist Colin Thubron was born in London in 1939. Educated at Eton College, he worked briefly for the publishers Hutchinson and as a freelance television film-maker in Turkey, Japan and Morocco. His first book, Mirror to Damascus, was published in 1967. He is also the author of several novels, including a historical fiction, Emperor; A Cruel Madness, winner of the PEN/Macmillan Silver Pen Award;
and Night of Fire. A Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature since 1969, Colin Thubron is a regular contributor and reviewer for magazines and newspapers.
Thubron’s prose shines a penetrating light on the nature of memory and being human. Sublime Mail on Sunday
Rich in humour, compassion and history, another confirmation, if any more were needed, that Thubron is the pre-eminent travel writer of his generation
Sunday Telegraph
An intrepid traveller, who also writes beautifully, with wit and erudition. He penetrates where most would believe it is impossible for a foreigner to go Spectator
On travel: To be in love with a whole continent seems extravagant. But since childhood, Asian cultures fascinated and made me intensely curious. You might have thought I’d be put off travelling for good. My father was a military diplomat in the US and Canada just after the Second World War, but I was sent to boarding school in England, and crossed the Atlantic for holidays. I came to believe that home was boring and abroad was exciting.
Runcie works his magic using simple sentences, archetypal characters and a sense of suspense that creates an atmosphere of delicious anticipation Independent
The clerical milieu is well rendered as an affectionate eye is cast over post-war England – a perfect accompaniment to a sunny afternoon, a hammock and a glass of Pimm’s
Runcie has the gift of the born storyteller with an easy style that makes it hard to put the book aside Daily Mail
At last, an Anglican Father Brown . . . Each tale is beautifully crafted and surprising Spectator
On Grantchester inspiration: The clergy are told many secrets in the course of their lives, and follow so many rites of passage. They notice a lot more than they let on, and I thought it could be interesting to follow one such cleric; a man who was reluctantly drawn into the world of crime and was then thrown into a series of dilemmas, often involving a conflict between respecting a confidence and telling the truth.
What we’re listening to . . .
We’re big fans of Scottish crime, and we weren’t disappointed with Craig Robertson’s Murderabilia. Journalist Tony Winter finds himself tangled up in a murder investigation, linked to the murky world of collecting items from crime scenes. Read by David Monteath.
Sarah Hilary returns with her latest Marnie Rome novel, Quieter Than Killing. Breathtakingly good, it weaves together seemingly unconnected cases, including some that hit close to home for Marnie. Read by Imogen Church.
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