Fiona Rintoul – writer, journalist, translator


The Leipzig AffairFiona Rintoul is a writer and translator. Her first novel, The Leipzig Affair, is published on 10 November 2014 by Aurora Metro Books.

“You haven’t seen a photograph of yourself in a long time. You wonder if you recognise the girl in the picture. Yes and no.”

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 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.” Linda Leatherbarrow