The author returned to Shropshire, with his family, after a teaching career in London and various parts of England. He attended a course in creative writing run by Birmingham University. Some of his poems and stories have won prizes and been published and a play has been successfully produced.
Influenced by the Cadfael books of Ellis Peters, set in medieval Shropshire, he decided to write a series of novels set in the Welsh Marches during Victoria’s reign. These novels follow the life of John Noble, a village schoolmaster, from the 1870’s until 1907. ‘Stolen Valley’ is the second in the series and the central character is John’s beautiful stepdaughter, Amy. This novel is set mainly in mid-Wales, an area the author knows well and with which he has family connections. The story should probably be called a tragic romance.
This is the author’s first attempt at publication on the internet. A third novel, soon to be completed, continues John Noble’s story but again other characters take centre-stage and the story moves to America as well as England and Wales.
Meanwhile the author co-edits a literary magazine for the Shropshire town where he now lives and from where he continues to explore the landscape and history of the Welsh Marches
The Stolen Valley
by R.J. Turner
In the hot, dry summer of 1889 three young people meet in the Vyrnwy valley, mid Wales, where the dam is almost complete behind which a large lake will form to supply Liverpool with water. Passions and jealousies develop. The lake fills prematurely with disastrous consequences for a young English girl and a handsome young Welshman. The story mixes history and fiction in a most compelling way.
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Smashwords book reviews by R.J. Turner
- The Call of the Sea
on Nov. 15, 2012
Set mainly in a strange hinterland between the sea of myth and the reality of dry land this story decribes a relationship between a young Englishman and a beautiful Russian girl with a mysterious past and an alarming obsession. There is suspense and ambiguity on every page with an ironic twist at the end.
A must-read story that leaves a tang of salt on the tongue.