Fiona Rintoul – writer, journalist, translator


The Leipzig AffairFiona Rintoul is a writer and translator. The Leipzig Affair is her first novel.

Read about the background to The Leipzig Affair on the BBC website

As heard on BBC R4’s Book at Bedtime

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.

“A dazzling debut” The Scotsman

“A hugely talented writer. A stark warning and a powerful story” Rodge Glass

“A page turner that shifts from East to West” Evening Times

“Brilliantly reflects disturbing times in a divided city and society” Linda Leatherbarrow