BOOKS BY WILLIAM H. TURNER
MEMOIRS OF A FARM BOY is an account of growing
up in rural Virginia during the years following the Great Depression.
The purpose of this book is to show the effect of the environment on shaping the career of the author and at the same time to immortalize some of the people who were, in a microcosmic perspective, irreplaceable.
"To know Bill Turner is to know he is different. To spend an evening with MEMOIRS OF A FARM BOY is to begin to understand why. It is a look back, told by a marvelous storyteller, at some of the people, places and events which helped forge this unique personality. It is also a look back at a time lost, unfortunately forever, lamented by him more than most."
OF THE CHESAPEAKE Bill Turner writes about characters who might have inspired the
likes of Daymon Runyon or Erksine Caldwell. Not that Turner is another Runyon or Caldwell.
He isn't. He's Bill Turner. An original. In sculpting terms, a one-off.
will make you chuckle. Some may make you laugh out loud. Others, like Froggy's Garden, may
bring a tear.
"Bill Turner has done it again! Another wonderful memoir of growing up and living in a place wonderfully out of sync with the rest of our one-size-fits-all world. Turner uses his familiarity with Virginia's Eastern Shore much the way that William Faulkner used his semi-mythical Mississippi county to create a cast of character-rouges and heroes alike - whose adventures and misadventures we recall - and chuckle over - long after we've put his books down. "
“I’ve been fortunate to have known Bill Turner for more than half my three-score-plus years. In the beginning, he was my dentist. But he was always more: painter, taxidermist, architect, builder, carver, sculptor, conservationist, county supervisor, and, finally – when he’d lived long enough to have something to say, and heard enough different voices to know how to say it well – a writer.
It’s a good thing he began writing when he did, for his stories capture forever the flavor of the Virginia Eastern Shore for which my wife and I came but which is now rapidly fading away.”
George Reiger Conservation Editor Emertis FIELD & STREAM MAGAZINE
THE AUTHOR: William Henry Turner was born on May 27, 1935 in rural Northampton
County on Virginia's "Eastern Shore". His parents were Major Evans Turner and
Nellie Custis Turner.
In the city,
the author was torn between his early love of the country and his desire for family ties.
He spent as much time as possible with relatives in his homeland. Following the war, the
family returned to Belle Haven. It was then that he began to hunt, fish, explore, observe
and enjoy nature.
Song of the Mockingbirds
by Walkley Johnson
This book is better than any of my three. Of course, this doesn't mean a lot. I did the mediocre illustrations and Johny wrote a great book . This was only one of many of our collaborations on serious subjects, such as: gill netting, dynamiting fish, boat building, duck hunting and other things I can't mention at this time - Johny being a respected lawyer and all that.
Johny is a graduate of the University of Virginia Law School and his undergraduate degree was in Literature. I took my degree in Anthropology. That is why Johny is retired and I'm not.
We have been friends since childhood which covers 2/3 of a century.
I hope his wife Julie will let him do another book.
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