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I’m Leigh Turner, writer and former ambassador. Thanks for visiting my blog.

You can now preorder my surprising new diplomatic and life handbook Lessons in Diplomacy: Politics, Power and Parties” from Bristol University Press or from Amazon. It will be published on 24 September.

You can buy my thrillers and other books from Amazon or leading bookshops. Read about my published books here

The German version of Lessons in Diplomacy, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to Diplomacy, came out in 2023. Dein Buch wird mein Standard-Geschenk in diesem Jahr…” – Rezension.

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Indexers: unsung heroes

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The Three-Body Problem

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