Winning Year: 1965 Author: Philip Turner Title: The Grange at High Force
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When Arthur Ramsgill and his friends David and Peter start "Operation Bird's Nest" in All Saint's Church it leads them to investigate the strange disappearance of a statue from the church. But the boys have other distractions, like their friendships with the people who live in the village of Folly Grange and all sorts of exciting adventures, including building a mill-wheel and firing a cannon
Born in British Columbia, Canada in 1925 to English parents from Peterborough, Cambridgeshire, Philip Turner was brought to England in 1926. He was educated at Hinckley Grammar School in Leicestershire and spent many school holidays exploring the East Anglian fens whilst staying with his grandparents. He served his National Service from 1943 to 1946 as a Sub-Lieutenant Mechanical Engineer in the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve. He then resumed his education at Worcester College, Oxford. He married Margaret Diana Samson in 1950 and they had two sons.
Philip was ordained a priest in the Church of England in 1951 and served in parishes in Leeds, Crawley and Northampton. In the late 1960s he became the Head of Religious Broadcasting for the Midland Region and subsequently became a teacher at Droitwich High School, chaplain of Eton College and a part-time teacher at Malvern College, Worcestershire.
He began writing religious pieces in the mid 1950s and in 1964 the first of his children's novels was published.