The works of Philip Turner
This is the author's first novel. It was written in the late Seventies and it was so way ahead of its time that many publishers and literary agents were quite unable to get their heads round the central concept. After all, back in the Spendthrift Seventies when inflation was more or less compulsory government policy, who had heard of recycling? Who thought there was any money to be made out of retrieving useful materials from commercial and household refuse and using scrap combustible materials to generate electricity and hot water for industrial and domestic heating?
Motive Power (1978)
This is the authorís tenth novel, and a sequel of sorts to his first venture at length into the realm of fiction - Night Flowers. Begun toward the end of 1977, he completed the first draft about six months later, then tinkered with the text at various times over the next few years, reaching a definitive version at the end of 1984.
The Charmian Effect (1980)
The author's eleventh novel completes the sequence begun with Night Flowers Again, the story is set in and around Camerland and Norland and it follows the activities of some of the characters from the previous volume Motive Power and introduces some new ones.
The Adventure of the Dying Detective (1998)
This is another of the author's long works in the sense that 9 years went by between starting and finishing it. What he did in the end is amalgamate a number of separate ideas after realizing that they fitted together.
Calling Cards (1982)
Romiley Literary Circle's authors have always been interested in people with a unique talent and the effects that it could have on that person's life. Examples include this book and Free Flight by the same author, both from the early 80s, and Jon Gored's Dreamers of the Day and Prey, both from the late 90s/early 00s.
The Cold Fire Of Madness (1991)
It's amazing how little can set an author off down the road to another book. This one began with a couple of real-life events - a gang of electricians rewiring a house and one of them finding an old newspaper. Then came a connection in the author's mind between the date of the newspaper and an anniversary coming up the following year.
Counting Out Time (1977)
One day, it all stops. Only it 'all stops' rather sooner for some than others. This early novel is, in part, an exploration of how one fairly ordinary person deals with the prospect of everything coming to a stop in the near future. The 'ordinary person' also finds himself interacting with others, who have put themselves in a life-threatening situation in the course of a criminal career.
Descending Waves (1980)
This novel from the author's second decade of books is a campus novel - but one without all the tedium of those written by people who work, or have worked, in an arts-based university department. We all know who they are!
View DHRD jacket & Blurb RLC authors usually have bits left over when they declare a book finished. Most of them tend to jot down ideas, try to blend them into the plot and then give up on some of them. Occasionally, they continue to add to the left-overs and a sequel appears.
RLC authors usually have bits left over when they declare a book finished. Most of them tend to jot down ideas, try to blend them into the plot and then give up on some of them. Occasionally, they continue to add to the left-overs and a sequel appears.
Free Flight (1981)
That mention above about a tendency for RLC authors to include an element of weirdness in their books is quite true. Free Flight is out of the same box as Calling Cards, Connecting Thread and Jon Gored's Prey. It has also become a historical novel by default as it is set firmly in the 1980s.
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Not To Be!
To be, or not to be,...
The Millennium Dome and the whole bogus millennium change junket foisted on the British nation by the Blair regime has received a lot of attention from Romiley Literary Circle members. Some of them began a communal treatment of the Dome issue by destroying part of it. Philip Turner chose to retain it. Well, sort of.
On Borrowed Time (1986)
The author had the idea for this book quite early in his writing career - it was his second start in the field of novel-writing - and he spent about eleven years messing about before he finished it.
Observe & Report (1977)
This is the author's sixth novel and his second finish. It is set during England's long, hot, dought summer of 1976 and it charts the fortunes of one of the workers in the Security Service - one of the people who actually go out and do things rather than formulating grand strategies in their office.
There is a tendency for the RLC authors to write sequels, and not always in the expected direction. This author started his personal deviations with the Night Flowers sequence by using some of the characters in subsequent books.
The Red Star Brigade (1983)
The third part of the G11 sequence is set in the first half of 1981 - at around the time of the first launch of the first of NASA's Space Shuttle fleet and against a backround of riots in British cities. As before, Colonel Johnstone and Commander Palmer are still fencing, but their rivalry takes an unexpected turn.
The Savage Jaw (1985)
The final [at the moment] part of the G11 tetralogy is set in the spring of 1984 - The Year of the Diplomat as Assassin. The book was converted to bound volume form as the consequences of the September 11 terrorist attacks on symbols of Western civilization in the U.S.A. were still unfolding.
Some books go on for 280,000 words - usually ones written by Jon Gored. This one gets there in just 54,000 words. It's just a straight, entertaining adventure story with no ambitions to be an exploration of how people's lives change over a year or more in extraordinary circumstances. Yes, Jon, we're still talking about you. This is one of the author's quick fixes - out of the same box as Alan Marshall's Connecting Thread and Henry Smith's Death In Small Corners [minus the 4 sequels].
Sounds Carried On the Breeze (1978)
The author's earliest novel-length descent into weirdness was begun in the late Seventies and went through two major rewrites and a complete change of title before appearing in the present form under its original title.
Storm Tide (1991)
The story begins with a couple of introductory pages of history from the time of the Spanish Armada [1588 and all that] onwards, then gets on with a robbery in modern times [well, 1984 - when the book was written].
There are echoes of the earlier Counting Out Time but the author's tone is much less stark this time. In addition, he seems to be doing his bit for the Greek National Tourist Board in this volume. But that's writers for you. They can't go anywhere without taking copious notes so they can shove it in a book.
The Windrell Sequence
This sequence began as an exercise in writing a work of contemporary history, which needed context and got it. It is the story of the Windrell family from the sixteenth century to about the third quarter of the 20th century, and then life (mainly) in England from 1971 onwards.