We are delighted to welcome the Artistic Director of the Bath Literary Festival and award winning film maker, scriptwriter, and novelist, James Runcie.
The affable and engaging Canon Sidney Chambers is an unconventional clergyman. Together with his roguish friend Inspector Keating, he inquires into the suicide of a Cambridge solicitor. He also manages to find time for cricket, warm beer, hot jazz and the works of Tolstoy and Shakespeare.
Set in and around Cambridge, the smart set of St John’s Wood, and the night life of Soho, Runcie captures beautifully the atmosphere of the 1950s with a particular eye on the changing social roles of the time. Chambers is a sleuth in the tradition of Allingham’s Albert Campion, Crispin’s Gervase Fen, and of course Father Brown.