Whiteley Turner (1866 – 20 February 1921) was an English mill worker, shopkeeper and author. Turner was born in Sowerby, Yorkshire, the third son of Robert, a wool sorter, and Elizabeth Turner. At the age of eight, he was sent to work at Peel House Mills. Four years later, he moved to Solomon Priestley's woolen mill. There, he lost his right arm in an industrial accident, when his sleeve was caught in a carding machine and the limb was wrenched off at the shoulder. As a result he lost his job. The book was described by The Courier in 2007 as "a local publishing legend".