The Leipzig Affair
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The author will be sharing a panel with Roger Scruton at the forthcoming Farnham Writers Festival.

The book has received mainly 4 star reviews on Net Galley, USA.

The book has been adapted for BBC radio 4's Book at Bedtim and would be perfect for film or tv adaptation. It offers co-production opportunities with filming in Leipzig, London and Scotland.


"Impressive debut shows lives on the cusp of change as the Cold War ends..."

               ~David Robinson, The Scotsman

"...a page-turner that reminds one of the horrors of the cold war and the astonishing fall of the Berlin Wall." - Margaret Drabble, The Guardian Best Books round up

"Deftly told in short, punchy chapters, the thriller is a page-turner that shifts from East to West and the dark days of the 1980s to present reunification." - The Evening Times


"a page-turner that reminds one of the horrors of the cold war and the astonishing fall of the Berlin Wall." - Margaret Drabble "Deftly told in short, punchy chapters, the thriller is a page-turner that shifts from East to West and the dark days of the 1980s to present reunification." - The Evening Times "Rintoul pulls the reader through her story with craft and psychological precision, while trawling a satisfyingly long way into her characters’ pasts and futures." - The Scotsman “Beginning in 1985 and continuing after communism’s sharp decline, journalist and translator Rintoul’s engrossing tale alternates between Robert’s and Magda’s perspectives... vividly anchoring the East German experience. A tense, compelling peek behind the Berlin Wall.” Kirkus Review "The Leipzig Affair is a gripping, complex debut that thrills through the human stories it tells of the Cold War, stories of flawed individuals caught in circumstances beyond their control, in a world in which nobody can be trusted. A hugely evocative read." - Zoë Strachan, author of Negative Space "… a hugely talented writer, The Leipzig Affair will resonate loud and clear with anyone conscious of the dangers of CCTV culture in modern Britain. A stark warning and a powerful story." - Rodge Glass, author of Bring Me the Head of Ryan Giggs "I read this in one go, never quite sure who to trust or believe - the good or the bad. A psychologically complex story that brilliantly reflects disturbing times in a divided city and society. Its sharp, clever, sentences kept me hooked right to the end." - Linda Leatherbarrow, author of Essential Kit "... a story of betrayal only partly redeemed by love, by an author who hauntingly evokes the milieu." - Jonathan Falla, author of The Physician of Sanlúcar

The Leipzig Affair


The year is 1985. East Germany is in the grip of communism. Magda, a brilliant but disillusioned young linguist, is desperate to flee to the West. When a black market deal brings her into contact with Robert, a young Scot studying at Leipzig University, she sees a way to realise her escape plans. But as Robert falls in love with her, he stumbles into a complex world of shifting half-truths – one that will undo them both. Many years later, long after the Berlin Wall has been torn down, Robert returns to Leipzig in search of answers. Can he track down the elusive Magda? And will the past give up its secrets?
Author Biography

Fiona Rintoul has appeared on Scotland's The Culture Show and at Glasgow's Aye Write Festival to talk about her book. She is a writer, journalist and translator. While studying German at St Andrews University in the 1980s, she was an exchange student at Leipzig University. Her experience of living and studying behind the Iron Curtain was the start of a lifelong interest in the former East Germany that culminated in Leipzig.  
Fiona’s writing has appeared in anthologies and magazines, including Mslexia and Gutter. Outside Verdun, her new translation of Arnold Zweig’s first world war classic, Erziehung vor Verdun, was published by Freight Books in May 2014. She is a graduate of the Glasgow University creative writing programme and a past winner of the Gillian Purvis new writing award and the Sceptre prize. As a journalist, she has received a State Street institutional press award and an IJP George Weidenfeld bursary for British and German journalists.  
Fiona lives in Glasgow. @fifikinrocks


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Aurora Metro Books
Publication Country / Place
United Kingdom / London
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Published Date
November 2014
Primary Price
8.99 GBP
129 x 198 mm