A white-knuckle ride to save a great city from destruction
A hard-hitting, fast-moving thriller set inside the Reichstag in Berlin, Germany
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Leigh Turner
Author of Novels, Short Stories, Travel Writer & More
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About me

Thanks for visiting my blog.  

I’m Leigh Turner, writer and former ambassador. Since 2022, I have been proud to be represented by United Agents. You can buy my books on Amazon or from leading bookshops.

I’ve written thrillers set in all the cities I was posted to as diplomat or ambassador: Vienna, Moscow, Berlin, Kyiv and Istanbul.

Not all are yet among my first five published books

The latest is my diplomatic and life handbook The Hitchhiker’s Guide to Diplomacy, published in German in April 2023. Bristol University Press will publish the English version, “Lessons in Diplomacy”, in September 2024. Sign up below for updates!

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Latest Articles

Prisoners arriving at Buchenwald, c.1940
Lessons in Diplomacy

The Skinheads of Buchenwald

Being confronted by a gang of skinheads before a visit to Buchenwald amplified the horror of the camp. It was also a reminder of how the fragmentation of 21st century media strengthens the case for making internet platforms responsible for the material they transmit.

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Lessons in Diplomacy

The perfect Pimm’s

We all want a perfect Pimm’s. But how do you make one? Watch a video of Antonio, the best butler in the world, giving a step-by-step guide.

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3 Body problem

The Three-Body Problem

“The Three-Body Problem” is out on Netflix. Some Chinese critics are reportedly angered by the Netflix series, including its depiction of China. I can see why.

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Wodehouse on authors

What are the views of PG Wodehouse on authors? “The Clicking of Cuthbert” reveals how he hated wannabe authors forcing themselves on him.

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