Martin Turnbull has worked as a private tour guide showing both locals and out-of-towners the movie studios, Beverly Hills mansions, Hollywood hills vistas and where all the bodies are buried. For nine years, he has also volunteered as an historical walking tour docent with the Los Angeles Conservancy. He worked for a summer as a guide at the Warner Bros. movie studios in Burbank showing movie fans through the sound stages where Bogie and Bacall, Bette Davis, Errol Flynn, and James Cagney created some of Hollywood’s classic motion pictures.
From an early age, Martin was enchanted with old movies from Hollywood’s golden era–from the dawn of the talkies in the late 1920s to the dusk of the studio system in the late 1950s–and has spent many, many a happy hour watching the likes of Garland, Gable, Crawford, Garbo, Grant, Miller, Kelly, Astaire, Rogers, Turner, Welles go through their paces.
When he discovered the wonderful world of biographies, autobiographies, and memoirs, his love of reading merged with his love of movies and his love of history to produce a three-headed hydra gobbling up everything in his path. Ever since then, he’s been on a mission to learn and share as much as he can about this unique time.
Originally from Melbourne, Australia, Martin moved to Los Angeles in the mid-90s.
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The Trouble with Scarlett
by Martin Turnbull
Series: The Garden of Allah, Book 2.
Approx. 100,340 words.
Published on October 7, 2012.
Book 2 in the Garden of Allah novels finds Marcus, Kathryn, and Gwendolyn caught up in a Hollywood obsessed with finding the screen’s Scarlett O'Hara. Kathryn scoops the news which makes Louella Parsons hopping mad, Gwendolyn wants the role but faces stiff competition, while Marcus creates a fiasco at the Hearst Castle and needs an out. Who knew casting Scarlett O'Hara could cause so much trouble?
The Garden on Sunset
by Martin Turnbull
Series: The Garden of Allah, Book 1.
Approx. 86,640 words.
Published on December 17, 2011.
In Hollywood, 1927, three naïve hopefuls band together to tread water against a tidal wave of threadbare casting couches, nervous bootleggers, human billboards, round-the-world zeppelins, sinking gambling boats, waiters in blackface, William Randolph Hearst, the Long Beach earthquake, starlets, harlots, Harlows and Garbos. But how will they get their feet inside Hollywood’s golden door?
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