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Crime and punishment in the vicarage

James Runcie appears at the Bloxham Festival of Faith and Literature this month. Pat Ashworth interrogates him about Sidney Chambers, the priest-sleuth he has created

PICTURING clergy is easy because he knows so many, James Runcie observes. He goes so far as to confess that, when he sees a priest striding towards him, he almost flinches, in the way people do when they see an advancing policeman. He feels that he probably ought to know them - unsurprisingly, perhaps, for the son of a former Archbishop of Canterbury, the late Lord Runcie.

So, he had plenty of material to draw ...

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Fri 31 Jul 15 @ 18:59
@steveLIVS @RhodesWriter @c_of_e It wasn't our data, it was a survey by the British Election Study. HS

Fri 31 Jul 15 @ 15:25
Giving in @c_of_e up to £1 billion. But number of givers falling http://t.co/XTRi469vxv http://t.co/DZOtKmFWHH