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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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