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Ann Turnbull - Author

About the Author

I was born in Hertford, England and brought up in Bexleyheath, which was then in Kent but is now part of Greater London. I have always loved books; my childhood favourites were the Narnia stories by C S Lewis and Kipling’s Jungle Books. By the age of ten I had decided I wanted to be a writer. Paper always seemed to be scarce in those days, but I used to write stories on the unused pages left in old school exercise books, or even on the backs of opened-out envelopes. In my early teens two things happened that helped me to feel like a real writer: my parents bought me my first typewriter – a second-hand Underwood - and I went in for a short story competition and won a place at the Writers’ Summer School at Swanwick in Derbyshire.

After leaving school I worked as a secretary for many years. Later I began training as a teacher, but decided teaching was not for me. However I read children’s novels as part of my course and was inspired to try writing one myself. My first novel was published in 1974, and since then I have written thirty books for children and young people of all ages.

My hobbies are reading, dancing, singing, and walking in the countryside. I am married, with two grown-up children, and now live in Shropshire. 

Featured books by Ann Turnbull

Greek Myths

Greek Myths

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Author: Ann Turnbull Format: Paperback Release Date: 02/02/2012

This title is a beautifully written and illustrated collection of Greek myths containing seventeen famous tales full of love, loss, greed, envy and bravery. Beautifully written by Ann Turnbull and illustrated by Sarah Young, this collection of seventeen Greek myths is truly something to treasure. The timeless stories are told with great freshness and there is a good balance between the gentler myths and the ones packed with battles and monsters. It is a wonderful collection and a perfect introduction to the fascinating world of Greek mythology, brought to life by one of our finest writers together with an exciting new illustrator.

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Other books by Ann Turnbull

Josie Under Fire

Josie Under Fire

Author: Ann Turnbull Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/09/2019

The Historical House is a unique trilogy of novels by three highly regarded authors. Each novel charts the life and times of the house at 6 Chelsea Walk, London, and the girls who lived there through three important periods of history. Synopsis It is 1941: London is suffering from the Blitz and the country is gripped by patriotic fervour. Josie finds it hard to understand her brother's decision to be a conscientious objector, especially as it causes trouble for their family. But when she moves to a new school and gets drawn into tormenting one of her classmates, Josie learns what it means to stand up for her own beliefs.

Girls at War

Girls at War

Author: Ann Turnbull Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/05/2019

When Josie goes to stay with her cousin Edith, she's glad to be starting a new life away from the shame that has haunted her family since her brother refused to fight in the war. But Edith's friends keep teasing a shy classmate, and when the bullying gets out of hand, Josie faces a dilemma: if she takes a stand, will Edith tell everyone her secret?

In That Time of Secrets

In That Time of Secrets

Author: Ann Turnbull Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 21/09/2018

1605 is a time of danger and persecution for English Catholics. Seventeen-year-old Mary Wilshaw and her older brother Rob both come to work at Lyde Hall in the West Midlands - a house where Catholic priests are often hidden from the authorities. Mary, employed by the lady of the house as an embroiderer, falls in love with young David Hawley, the lady's secretary. But nothing at Lyde Hall is what it seems. Who is David? And what dangerous secrets is Rob hiding? Soon Mary herself is in danger as she tries to protect those she loves.

Mary Ann and Miss Mozart

Mary Ann and Miss Mozart

Author: Ann Turnbull Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/07/2018

Mary Ann's greatest wish is to become an opera singer and she's thrilled when she gets the chance to see child prodigy Mozart perform with his sister in Chelsea. But when her father loses his fortune, she fears her singing dreams may be shattered. This second Historical House title from award-winning author, Ann Turnbull, is an enchanting story of dreams and determination, set in the colourful world of eighteenth century London and referencing true events.

Girls with a Voice

Girls with a Voice

Author: Ann Turnbull Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/06/2018

Mary Ann dreams of becoming an opera singer, and she's thrilled when the famous child prodigy Mozart performs in Chelsea. But suddenly Mary Ann is told that she must leave her Boarding School for Young Ladies, and her singing dreams are shattered. Distraught, she comes up with a plan to stay at school, oblivious to the danger it will put her in...

The Gunpowder Plot A Time for Treason

The Gunpowder Plot A Time for Treason

Author: Ann Turnbull Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 11/09/2014

November 1605, London Dark alleys linger with the shadows of unknown figures and the air is thick with whispers and plots. What is going on? Two girls follow a mysterious stranger and stumble across a terrifying plot to destroy the House of Lords, taking countless lives along the way. But will anyone listen to them?

No Friend of Mine

No Friend of Mine

Author: Ann Turnbull Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/01/2014

Class conflict and a personal battle for understanding and acceptance are explored in this thought-provoking novel, set in 1937. Us two have to stick together. Against fathers. And families. In the mining town of Culverton, workers are clashing with their bosses. Lennie's father is the Union secretary, a troublemaker . Ralph's father is the boss, despised by his workers. Despite their very different backgrounds, Lennie and Ralph strike up a friendship, a happy escape from their own and their families' troubles. But how strong is their alliance - really? While his dad fights injustice at the mine, Lennie finds that he too must battle prejudice, lies and betrayal, pushing his friendship with Ralph swiftly towards breaking point.

Room for a Stranger

Room for a Stranger

Author: Ann Turnbull Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/01/2014

A new arrival quickly becomes a rival, with potentially tragic consequences, in this evocative wartime novel. When her older sisters leave home, Doreen gets a room of her own - at last! But it's 1941, the cities are threatened by Nazi air raids and, to Doreen's dismay, Mum has decided to take in an evacuee. Rhoda Kelly is a year older than Doreen, has a boyfriend in the Army and, worse still, is a talented singer. Forced to share a room - and the limelight - tensions grow between the two girls, erupting finally into bitter conflict ... with potentially tragic consequences.

Deep Water

Deep Water

Author: Ann Turnbull Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 11/10/2013

Jon should never have skipped school with his friend Ryan - never have taken that boat. Now Ryan is in danger - and only Jon can save him. But Jon is scared. The police are knocking on his door. They know he's lying. Is it too late to tell the truth?

Seeking Eden

Seeking Eden

Author: Ann Turnbull Format: eBook Release Date: 03/10/2013

The conclusion of Ann Turnbull's epic story of love and the struggle to stay true to what is most important - in spite of parents, society and even the law.Seeking Eden is the final chapter of Ann Turnbull's long-awaited Quaker trilogy. Will and Susanna Heywood (No Shame, No Fear and Forged in the Fire), now in their thirties, move, with their four children, to Pennsylvania, where freedom of religious thought is everyone's right. This is the story of their eldest child, Josiah, who finds work with George Bainbrigg in the dock area of Philadelphia and falls in love with his daughter, Kate. When they travel to Barbados on business and stay with Friends who are harassed by local laws, Josiah is shocked to learn that Quakers have slaves and that his boss deals in the slave trade. Once they return home, Josiah and Kate try to help two slaves who are in love, Antony and Patience, to attain their freedom - knowing the risks involved may result in lives that are even more unbearable.

Seeking Eden

Seeking Eden

Author: Ann Turnbull Format: eBook Release Date: 03/10/2013

The conclusion of Ann Turnbull's epic story of love and the struggle to stay true to what is most important - in spite of parents, society and even the law.Seeking Eden is the final chapter of Ann Turnbull's long-awaited Quaker trilogy. Will and Susanna Heywood (No Shame, No Fear and Forged in the Fire), now in their thirties, move, with their four children, to Pennsylvania, where freedom of religious thought is everyone's right. This is the story of their eldest child, Josiah, who finds work with George Bainbrigg in the dock area of Philadelphia and falls in love with his daughter, Kate. When they travel to Barbados on business and stay with Friends who are harassed by local laws, Josiah is shocked to learn that Quakers have slaves and that his boss deals in the slave trade. Once they return home, Josiah and Kate try to help two slaves who are in love, Antony and Patience, to attain their freedom - knowing the risks involved may result in lives that are even more unbearable.

The Great Fire A City in Flames

The Great Fire A City in Flames

Author: Ann Turnbull Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 12/09/2013

A thrilling historical adventure based on documents from the National Archives. Orphan Sam has survived the Great Plague, but his chance at a new life goes up in smoke when a fire breaks out on Pudding Lane. In sixteen hundred and sixty-six, London burned like rotten sticks. Left alone and homeless by the Great Plague, Sam struggled to survive. He was lucky to get a job working for the Giraud family. Though Andre, the son of his boss, doesn't make life easy. And then a fire breaks out on Pudding Lane. Before anyone fully realises what's happening, London's burning... and this fire can't be put out. Now it's time for Sam to prove what he's really worth. If he can get out alive... A thrilling historical adventure produced in partnership with the National Archives. Sam's previous adventure is The Great Plague: A Cross on the Door is also available from Bloomsbury Education.

Room for a Stranger

Room for a Stranger

Author: Ann Turnbull Format: eBook Release Date: 06/06/2013

A new arrival quickly becomes a rival, with potentially tragic consequences, in this evocative wartime novel.When her older sisters leave home, Doreen gets a room of her own - at last! But it's 1941, the cities are threatened by Nazi air raids and, to Doreen's dismay, Mum has decided to take in an evacuee. Rhoda Kelly is a year older than Doreen, has a boyfriend in the Army and, worse still, is a talented singer. Forced to share a room - and the limelight - tensions grow between the two girls, erupting finally into bitter conflict, with potentially tragic consequences.

No Friend of Mine

No Friend of Mine

Author: Ann Turnbull Format: eBook Release Date: 06/06/2013

Class conflict and a personal battle for understanding and acceptance are explored in this thought-provoking novel, set in 1937."e;Us two have to stick together. Against fathers. And families."e; In the mining town of Culverton, workers are clashing with their bosses. Lennie's father is the Union secretary, a "e;troublemaker"e;. Ralph's father is the boss, despised by his workers. Despite their very different backgrounds, Lennie and Ralph strike up a friendship, a happy escape from their own and their families' troubles. But how strong is their alliance - really? While his dad fights injustice at the mine, Lennie finds that he too must battle prejudice, lies and betrayal, pushing his friendship with Ralph swiftly towards breaking point...

Plague A Cross on the Door

Plague A Cross on the Door

Author: Ann Turnbull Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 25/04/2013

In sixteen hundred and sixty-five there was hardly anyone left alive. Spring 1665, London Sam was just a young boy when his master took him out of the orphanage to be his servant. When he was old enough, he was going to become his master's apprentice, a shoemaker, able to make his own way in the world. But that was before the plague arrived. Abandoned by Alice, his master's maid and the closet thing that Sam's ever had to a mother, Sam finds himself nailed into his workshop home with only his dying master and pet dog Budge for company. The officials call it 'quarantine'. But for Sam it's a death sentence. Can Sam escape? And even if he does, will he be able to survive on London's ravaged streets?

Greek Myths

Greek Myths

Author: Ann Turnbull Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/01/2012

A beautifully written and illustrated collection of Greek myths containing seventeen famous tales full of love, loss, greed, envy and bravery. Beautifully written by Ann Turnbull and illustrated by Sarah Young, this collection of seventeen Greek myths is truly something to treasure. The timeless stories of Theseus and the Minotaur, Persephone, King Midas, Ariadne, Orpheus and Eurydice, and Echo and Narcissus are told with great freshness and there is a good balance between the gentler myths and the ones packed with battles and monsters. A wonderful collection and a wonderful introduction to the fascinating world of Greek mythology, brought to life by one of our finest writers and an exciting new illustrator.

No Shame, No Fear

No Shame, No Fear

Author: Ann Turnbull Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/12/2011

A story of love against the odds. 1662 - England is reeling from the after-effects of civil war, with its clashes of faith and culture. Seventeen-year-old Will returns home after completing his studies, to begin an apprenticeship arranged by his wealthy father. Susanna, a young Quaker girl, leaves her family to become a servant in the same town. Theirs is a story that speaks across the centuries, telling of love and the struggle to stay true to what is most important - in spite of parents, society and even the law. But is the love between Will and Susanna strong enough to survive - no matter what?

Greek Myths

Greek Myths

Author: Ann Turnbull Format: eBook Release Date: 15/11/2011

Enter a world where anything is possible. A god could be a mountain or a shower of gold. A nymph could be a stream or an echo in the wind. The myths of ancient Greece are full of such wonders, as well as a host of courageous heroes, cunning heroines, and terrible monsters. From the tragedy of Persephone to the fearsome minotaur; from Perseus's quest for Medusa to greedy King Midas, this collection includes a broad range of the most well-known and celebrated myths. Each is skillfully retold by Ann Turnbull, and readers young and old are welcomed into a golden world of beauty, tragedy, and miracle.

Forged In The Fire

Forged In The Fire

Author: Ann Turnbull Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/03/2006

London 1665-66. With the Plague raging and the scent of smoke upon the wind, Will and Susanna, separated by class and distance, struggle to re-unite. Will has become a Quaker and broken with his father. Leaving Susanna behind in Shropshire, he travels to London, swearing to send for her once he is settled. But Will is arrested and thrown in jail for standing up for his beliefs. This, along with the rapidly spreading plague and a dire misunderstanding, conspire to keep them apart. A powerful story about how love and belief can overcome even the most terrifying twists of fate, this beautifully written tale will capture the imaginations of readers of all ages.

No Shame No Fear

No Shame No Fear

Author: Ann Turnbull Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/11/2003

This historical novel tells of the love of two young people, in a society that forbids their being together. Susanna Thorn is a Quaker in Restoration England, and Will Heywood a rich country gentleman, captivated and intrigued by this plain-living, independent young woman.

Gunner's Boy

Gunner's Boy

Author: Ann Turnbull Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 31/03/2003

John is only twelve - officially too young to join the Royal Navy - but he's determined to help conquer the approaching Spanish Armada. He also wants to seek vengeance against the enemy for his father's death at sea a year ago. But conditions on board ship are far worse than he could ever have imagined - 'everything was strange: the foul smell, the creaking sound of the ship's movements, and the unfriendliness' - and the perils of naval battles present danger at every turn. But there's exhilaration and excitement aplenty too. Vivid details of weapons, tactical manoeuvres, the conditions of prisoners and the wounded, and the fierce rivalry between enemy sides add to the excitement of this thrilling, short novel.

The Sand Horse

The Sand Horse

Author: Ann Turnbull Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/03/2002

One windy summer day, an artist makes a horse sculpture out of the sand on the beach at St Ives. It takes him the whole day, and all the beach people admire it. But when everyone goes in at the end of the day, the Sand Horse can hear the white horses in the surf calling to him: 'Come with us to Sennen, Land's End, and Longships Light!,' and he longs to join them. This haunting story was Ann Turnbull's first for Andersen Press, beautifully interpreted by Greenaway Medal Winner Michael Foreman.

POCKET TALES YEAR 6 THE LOST SPACESHIP

POCKET TALES YEAR 6 THE LOST SPACESHIP

Author: Ann Turnbull Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/05/1970

Pocket Tales is part of Pocket Reads, a superb collection of quality books that really capture children's imaginations! Pocket Reads have fantastic breadth and variety of genre, with Pocket Sci-Fi, Pocket Facts and Pocket Chillers making up the rest of the collection of independent readers. The fiction books are beautifully illustrated and are guaranteed to appeal to even the most reluctant of readers. The non-fiction readers are equally as stunning and will captivate and excite children with fascinating facts. The 105 pocket-sized fiction and non-fiction readers have each been carefully levelled to the National Curriculum and Book-Banded to ensure children make progression. You can therefore be assured that every reading experience is one that counts.

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