Fiona Rintoul – writer, journalist, translator

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The Leipzig AffairFiona Rintoul is a writer, journalist and translator. Her first novel, The Leipzig Affair, is published in October 2014 by Aurora Metro Books.

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?

“A hugely evocative read.” Zoë Strachan

“… a story of betrayal only partly redeemed by love, by an author who hauntingly evokes the milieu.” Jonathan Falla

“I read this in one go, never quite sure who to trust or believe… Its sharp, clever sentences kept me hooked right to the end.” Linda Leatherbarrow