James Runcie is the author of twelve novels, including the seven books in The Grantchester Mysteries series. He is also an award-winning documentary film-maker, playwright and literary curator.
He has been Artistic Director of the Bath Literature Festival, Head of Literature and Spoken Word at the Southbank Centre, London, and Commissioning Editor for Arts on BBC Radio 4. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.
His latest novel The Great Passion, a behind the scenes fictional account of the composition, rehearsal period and first performance of Bach’s St Matthew Passion, is a Sunday Times Book of the Year. 'A riveting meditation on grief and the possibilities of music'.
Tell me Good Things: On Love, Death and Marriage, a memoir of his wife, Marilyn Imrie is out now. ('A touchingly honest and tender memoir' The Times.
'A wonderful addition to the literature of bereavement' Sunday Times.)
His recent Radio 4 series, Secrets of Storytelling is now available on BBC Sounds
The eighth series of Grantchester will be shown on ITV and PBS in 2023.