Search Results: "James Runcie"


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CANVEY ISLAND by James Runcie
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 2008

"Captures the rhythms of family life but isn't distinctive enough to stand out from the crowd."
For his third novel (The Colour of Heaven, 2003, etc.), British filmmaker and theater director Runcie chronicles the life and loves of an ordinary Englishman. Read full book review >

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SIDNEY CHAMBERS AND THE PERSISTENCE OF LOVE by James Runcie
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 23, 2017

"Fans of the series may appreciate the continuing tales of beloved characters, thick with references to previous adventures and tragedies, but newcomers will be left out in the cold."
Archdeacon Sidney Chambers (Sidney Chambers and the Dangers of Temptation, 2016, etc.) is torn between his vocations as detective and as Anglican priest in six interlinked stories set amid the discontent of 1970s Britain. Read full book review >

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SIDNEY CHAMBERS AND THE FORGIVENESS OF SINS by James Runcie
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 19, 2015

"Runcie (Sidney Chambers and the Problem of Evil, 2014, etc.) gives his genial hero just enough love of a good pint, a pretty woman, and a complex puzzle to save him from blandness or buffoonery in these gently humorous and sometimes-poignant stories."
Sidney Chambers is back for a fourth round of crimes to solve when his religious duties allow him time—or is it the other way around? Read full book review >

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SIDNEY CHAMBERS AND THE DANGERS OF TEMPTATION by James Runcie
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 14, 2016

"The Swinging '60s give Runcie's sleuth in a cassock plenty of opportunity to stick his memorable nose in where it isn't wanted."
Six interrelated new stories about the crime-solving priest who struggles with his own frailties. Read full book review >

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SIDNEY CHAMBERS AND THE PROBLEM OF EVIL by James Runcie
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 10, 2014

"Runcie (Sidney Chambers and the Perils of the Night, 2013, etc.), son of a former Archbishop of Canterbury, strikes a low-key balance of theology, humor, drama and crime in this collection of ecclesiastical cozies."
Clergyman/detective Sidney Chambers returns in this collection of four new mysteries. Read full book review >

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SIDNEY CHAMBERS AND THE PERILS OF THE NIGHT by James Runcie
Released: May 21, 2013

"Less engaging than Sidney Chambers and the Shadow of Death (2012), but still a sharp portrait of scholarly rivalries that makes room for a riff on jazz in a Mozart score and a grim reminder of East and West Germany as the wall was going up."
Six loosely connected stories featuring that mid-20th-century Cambridge sleuth Canon Chambers. Read full book review >

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Released: May 1, 2012

"Only a churl could resist Sidney, whose musings on love, evil and morality, penchant for quoting snippets of poetry, preference for whiskey over the endless cups of tea he is offered, and ratiocinative success at unraveling crimes make him endearing."
A cleric celebrates Queen Elizabeth II's coronation year by assisting a detective inspector in solving a series of genteel crimes. Read full book review >

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THE DISCOVERY OF CHOCOLATE by James Runcie
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 2001

"Quick, simple, ever-amusing historical fun."
British screenwriter Runcie's debut is a Zelig-esque romp taking his sad-sack hero from the early 16th century through the early 20th. Read full book review >

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JAMES JOYCE by Alfonso Zapico
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 3, 2016

"A solid account of the development of a writer not easy to encapsulate."
A graphic biography of the literary master. Read full book review >

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C.L.R. JAMES by Kent Worcester
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 1, 1996

"EWSLUGCLR James emerges from this engaging book as a man who lived his life fully and whose work is worthy of further study, and Worcester has done much to rescue his subject from oblivion."
Well-crafted biography of a man once characterized as ``the sharpest and most interesting mind that the British Caribbean has produced in three centuries of learning.'' Although the Trinidadian writer and activist Cyril Lionel Robert James (190189) was at the center of many political and literary movements in his time, he is little known today. ``By the 1960s,'' Worcester observes, ``he was an elder radical statesperson on several continents, famous for his writing and historical impact. Read full book review >

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JAMES DEAN by Val Holley
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 30, 1995

"A biography by the numbers that never quite adds up. (16 pages b&w photos, not seen)"
The author of this quotidian, excessively anecdotal life of James Dean has done a lot of research, but too rarely does he conjoin it with any real understanding. Read full book review >