PALLADIUM
A white-knuckle ride to save a great city from destruction
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BLOOD SUMMIT
A breakneck political thriller set in 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

Greetings! Thanks for visiting my blog.  

My name is Leigh Turner, writer and ex-ambassador. Since 2022 I have been proud to be represented by Caradoc King and his assistant Becky Percival at United Agents. You can buy my books on Amazon or from leading independent bookshops such as Shakespeare & Co in Vienna or the English Center in Salzburg.

I started writing novels in 1986 when I worked at the British Embassy in Vienna.  One night, my girlfriend was late for a date.  While I waited, I had an idea that turned into my first novel.  When I worked at the British Embassy in Moscow 1992-95, someone told me to “write about what you know”.  I wrote a thriller set in early 1990s Russia.

The first became my satirical thriller Eternal Life. The second is “in the drawer” – not yet among my first four published books

My latest novel is my Istanbul thriller Palladium, published Immortal Works Press in May 2022. My next book is my diplomatic and life handbook The Hitchhiker’s Guide to Diplomacy, to be published by Czernin Verlag on 12 April 2023. 

To find out more about my writing, click on the “Read More” link below.  Otherwise, “Booksor “New Posts” are good places to start.  Happy reading!

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