A white-knuckle ride to save a great city from destruction
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 United Agents. You can buy my books on Amazon or from leading bookshops.

I started writing novels in 1986 when I worked at the British Embassy in Vienna. I have written thrillers set in all the cities I was posted to as a 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 by Czernin Verlag in April 2023. 

For more, click on the “Read More” link below.  Otherwise, “Booksor “New Posts” are good places to start.  Happy reading!

Photo: © Sibylle Trost, Berlin


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