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Runcie, James 1959-

Works: 78 works in 214 publications in 7 languages and 7,141 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  History  Biography  Spy stories  Detective and mystery stories  Historical fiction  Biographical films  Historical films  Domestic fiction  Drama 
Roles: Author, Director, Producer, Performer, Film editor
Classifications: PS3568.U463, 813.54
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works about James Runcie
  • Diary by James Runcie James Runcie( )
Most widely held works by James Runcie
Simon Schama's Power of art by Simon Schama( Visual )
13 editions published between 2006 and 2010 in English and held by 1,271 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Focusing on eight iconic works of art, this series reveals the history of visual imagination through the ages. A combination of reconstruction, photography and storytelling transport the viewer back to the intense moments when great works were conceived and born: the murderous, messianic world of Baroque Rome; opulent, parvenu Amsterdam; paranoid, revolutionary Paris; Victorian England suffocating beneath riches and righteousness; the madhouses and brothels of Provence; the carnage of civil war Spain; 1950s New York, caught between Cold War jitters and Manhattan glitter. In each place, a great artist is backed into a corner, facing a crisis, given a chance to confound his rivals, enemies and critics one more time
Sidney Chambers and the shadow of death by James Runcie( Book )
16 editions published between 2012 and 2015 in English and held by 979 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Sidney Chambers, the Vicar of Grantchester, is a 32-year-old bachelor. Tall, with eyes the colour of hazelnuts, he is both an unconventional clergyman and a reluctant detective. Working in association with his friend, Inspector Geordie Keating, Sidney is able to go where the Police cannot, eliciting surprise revelations and confessions from his parishioners; whether it involves the apparent suicide of a local solicitor, a scandalous jewellery theft at a New Year¡s Eve dinner party, or the unexplained death of a jazz promoter¡s daughter. Alongside his inquiries, Sidney also manages to find time to enjoy cricket, warm beer, hot jazz, and the company of an attractive, lively young woman called Amanda
Canvey Island : a novel by James Runcie( Book )
13 editions published between 2006 and 2012 in English and Dutch and held by 833 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Canvey Island tells of the changing times in post-war Britain through the story of one family's tragedy and loss
The discovery of chocolate by James Runcie( Book )
19 editions published between 2001 and 2005 in 5 languages and held by 805 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"A young Spaniard sets off for South America in 1518 with Cortes and the Conquistadors, propelled by his love's declaration that she will not marry until he returns with a special treasure, a symbol of their love that no man or woman has ever before received. But during his travels he falls in love with Ignacia, a native woman who introduces him to the secrets of the most delicious drink he has ever tasted, chocolate."--Jacket
Sidney Chambers and the perils of the night by James Runcie( Book )
11 editions published between 2013 and 2015 in English and held by 664 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The first in a series of six detective novels set against the backdrop of 30 years of British history, featuring an unforgettable and unlikely new hero, Sidney Chambers
Sidney Chambers and the problem of evil by James Runcie( Book )
8 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 460 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"Our favorite clerical detective is back with four longer mysteries in which Canon Sidney Chambers attempts to stop a serial killer with a grievance against the clergy; investigates the disappearance of a famous painting after a distracting display of nudity by a French girl in an art gallery; uncovers the fact that an "accidental" drowning on a film shoot may have been something more sinister; and discovers the reasons behind the theft of a baby from a hospital just before Christmas 1963. In the meantime, Sidney wrestles with the problem of evil, attempts to fulfill the demands of his faithful Labrador, Dickens, and contemplates, as always, the nature of love"--
East Fortune by James Runcie( Book )
11 editions published between 2009 and 2010 in English and Undetermined and held by 437 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
As the three Henderson brothers head to their childhood home in East Fortune for their annual summer gathering, they steel themselves against sibling rivalry, parental expectation and the vulnerability that comes with being among those who know them best
Monarchy ( Visual )
1 edition published in 2006 in English and held by 382 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Vivid descriptions and analysis of historical personalities with costumed actors, historical locations, and portraits to visually enliven the story of the English crown from the fall of Rome to the 1660s
The colour of heaven by James Runcie( Book )
13 editions published between 2003 and 2005 in 5 languages and held by 338 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Historisk roman fra Venezia omkring år 1300. Glasmagersønnen Paolo har et usædvanligt talent for at skelne farver og nuancer fra hinanden. Som ung mand sendes han af en Siena-maler til Orienten - Persien, Afghanistan, Kina - med det hverv at finde den perfekte ultramarinblå - himlens farve
Hildegard by James Runcie( Visual )
5 editions published between 1994 and 2005 in English and No Linguistic content and held by 306 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Hildegard of Bingen was one of the most remarkable women of the Middle Ages--an abbess and woman of God, a visionary, naturalist, playwright, mystic, political moralist and composer. Yet, despite her outpouring of religious creativity, her visions were called into question, and she was put on trial by the Church in 1148. This is the story of the events leading up to that trial and of the trial itself
The gentle art of making enemies ( Visual )
2 editions published between 2001 and 2011 in English and held by 75 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Examines the artist behind the famous painting "Whistler's Mother" and demonstrates some of his techniques. Also dramatizes the Whistler-Ruskin libel trial
Status anxiety by Alain De Botton( Visual )
6 editions published between 2004 and 2007 in English and held by 63 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"From the best selling author of The Consolations of Philosophy and The Art of Travel, philosopher and popular British writer Alain de Botton explores Status Anxiety. The series focuses on de Botton's belief that there's something the vast majority of people desire even more than money. Whatever their background of social class whatever their age or country of origin, what they desperately crave is status. In this three part series, as well as testing his theory in Britain, de Botton travels to the United States to investigate status anxiety, asking why people are unable to curtail their painful aspirations and whether those at the bottom of society merit their position there as much as those at the top do theirs. As well as examining the work of classical philosophers, de Botton develops his theory with the help of a Washington DC restaurant manager who considers himself destined to become a chat show host; motivational speaker Les Brown; homeless lady Jenny Lamont; and members of the Native American population." --ABC Shop
Hidden treasures of Indian art ( Visual )
1 edition published in 2011 in English and held by 51 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
In this program, host Griff Rhys Jones goes to India in search of exquisite, traditionally made textiles. Can he solve the mystery of an extraordinary Indian floor cloth kept in England for over 300 years? Who made it, and does the skill with which the fabric was created still exist? In the state of Gujarat, renowned throughout history for textiles, Jones goes off the beaten track to the towns and villages of the North West plains and discovers how centuries-old printing, dyeing, and embroidering techniques are still cornerstones in a way of life. Then it's on to the heart of one of India's most ethnically distinct and tradition-bound societies, the Rabari, famed for astonishing embroidery. Here, Jones is confronted with another complex question: can the custom of spending decades making dowry gifts survive in today's mass-produced, instant-gratification world?
Simon Schama's power of art ( Visual )
1 edition published in 2006 in English and held by 46 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
In The Night Watch and his portraits of the richest merchants of Amsterdam, Rembrandt has done the impossible: made something heroic, dramatic and grand out of a world of merchants and money. Yet, 10 years later, he is bankrupt, out of fashion, dismissed as an obstinately rough painter in a smooth age. Then the chance of a comeback - to decorate the halls of Amsterdam Town Hall. But instead of the classical restraint and grandeur required, Rembrandt creates the roughest, toughest history painting ever, and one of the greatest masterpieces of his age
Sidney Chambers and the shadow of death by James Runcie( Recording )
3 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 45 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Introduces unconventional clergyman Sidney Chambers, who teams up with roguish Inspector Harry Keating to investigate a suspicious suicide, a jewelry theft, the unexplained demise of a jazz promoter, and a shocking art forgery
Canvey Island by James Runcie( Recording )
4 editions published in 2006 in English and Undetermined and held by 42 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
It is 1953 in Canvey Island. Len and Aunti Vi are dancing, and Uncle George sits and watches, but his mind is still fighting a war. This book tells the story of times in post-war Britain, through one family's tragedy and loss. It is a novel about past wounds and past passions, about growing up and growing old, about love, hope and reconciliation
The discovery of chocolate by James Runcie( Recording )
2 editions published between 2001 and 2005 in English and held by 39 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
When Diego takes a ship from his native Seville for the new world, he is hoping to find a treasure that will make him worthy of the beautiful Isabella's hand in marriage. He finds more than he bargained for - love, chocolate, and an elixir of life. Separated from his lover, he must wander the world and down the centuries with his ever-faithful dog, Pedro, in search of fulfilment, the perfection of chocolate and the meaning of life
Civilization is the West history? ( Visual )
3 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 31 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Broadcast in 2011, this 6-part television series reviews the expansion of European civilization into Asia, the Americas and Africa. The question asked is now that the rest has learnt all six killer applications of the West, will Western civilization itself fade into history? The last scene of the series shows Ferguson, with nighttime Shanghai in the background, providing some answers to that question
Sidney Chambers and the perils of the night by James Runcie( Recording )
2 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 31 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
1955. Canon Sidney Chambers, loveable priest and part-time detective, is back. Accompanied by his faithful Labrador, Dickens, and the increasingly exasperated Inspector Geordie Keating, Sidney is called to investigate the unexpected fall of a Cambridge don from the roof of King's College Chapel; a case of arson at a glamour photographer's studio and the poisoning of Zafar Ali, Grantchester's finest spin bowler. Alongside his sleuthing, Sidney has other problems. Can he decide between his dear friend, the glamorous socialite Amanda Kendall and Hildegard Staunton, the beguiling German widow? To make up his mind Sidney takes a trip abroad, only to find himself trapped in a web of international espionage just as the Berlin Wall is going up
A day on the mountain ( Visual )
1 edition published in 1996 in English and held by 25 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Three artists all inspired by Cézanne's paintings visit the mountain of Saint Victoire in Provence to talk about his life and work
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Alternative Names
רונסי, ג׳יימס 1959-
English (119)
Italian (6)
Dutch (3)
Polish (2)
German (1)
Portuguese (1)
Spanish (1)