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Philip Turner , who also wrote under then pen name Stephen Chance, is probably best known for his Darnley Mills Adventures, although he did write other titles. Under his pen name he wrote another well known series - his Septimus Books, that featured the ex-CID Chief Inspector, turned village parson, Reverend Septimus Treloar.

Philip Turner (1925 - 2006), was born in Canada, but only lived there for a year, and had his roots firmly in East Anglia. Both of his parents were born in Peterborough (UK), and he spent much of his childhood exploring remote Fenland villages whilst staying with his grandparents. He originally trained as a mechanical engineer, but after the war abandoned this, to work in Prisons and in hospital administration. He was ordained in the Church of England in 1951, and served in a number of parishes.

He wrote his first children's novel in 1964, Colonel Sheperton's Clock, which was to be the first of a number of books in his series of DarnleyMills' Adventures. In 1971, as Stephen Chance, he launched another series of books, beginning with Septimus and the Danedyke Mystery - which was adapted for television in 1979.

Philip Turner won the Carnegie Medal for children's literature for his second novel the Grange at High Force in 1966.

Books by Philip Turner

The "Darnley Mills" Adventures

Colonel Sheperton's Clock. OUP 1964
The Grange at High Force. OUP 1965
Sea Peril. OUP 1966
Steam on the Line. OUP 1968
War on the Darnel. OUP 1969
Devil's Nob. Hamilton, 1970
Powder Quay. Hamilton, 1971
Dunkirk Summer. Hamilton 1973
Skull Island. Dent 1977

 

Books for younger children
Wigwig and Homer. 1978
Rookoo and Bree. illustrated by Terry Riley Dent
1979

Other Books
Decision in the Dark. Tales of Mystery. Dent 1978
The Candlemass Treasure. Lutterworth 1988 (Children's Adventure)

Religious Work
Christ in the Concrete City. A play, etc. S.P.C.K. 1956.
Cry Dawn in Dark Babylon. A dramatic meditation, etc. S.P.C.K. 1959..
Tell it with Trumpets. Three experiments in drama and evangelism. S.P.C.K. 1959..
Casey. A dramatic meditation on the Passion . S.P.C.K. 1962.
The Christmas Story. A carol service for children. Church Information Office 1964.
Peter was his Nickname. [On Saint Peter, the apostle.] Waltham Forest Books: London, 1965.
The good shepherd. retold by Philip Turner. illustrated by Bunshu Iguchi 1986
Three one act plays c1987
The Bible story 1989

Books by Stephen Chance (his pen name)

Septimus Treloar stories

Septimus and the Danedyke Mystery. Bodley Head 1971
Septimus and the Minster Ghost. Bodley Head 1972
Septimus and the Stone of Offering. Bodley Head 1976
Septimus and the Spy Ring. Bodley Head 1979

 





 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 



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