Martin Turnbull

Martin Turnbull

A lifelong love of travel, history, and sharing his knowledge with others has led Martin Turnbull down a long path to authorship. Having made the move to the United States from Melbourne, Australia in the mid-90s, Martin staked his claim in the heart of Los Angeles. His background in travel allowed him to work as a private tour guide--showing off the alluring vistas, mansions, boulevards, and backlots of the Hollywood scene. With stints in local historical guiding with the Los Angeles Conservancy as well as time on the Warner Bros. movie lot, Martin found himself armed with the kind of knowledge that would fly off the very pages of his future works. As a longtime fan of Hollywood’s golden era and old films, Martin decided it was time to marry his knowledge with his passions and breathe life back into this bygone world. The product of his passions burst forth in the form of Hollywood’s Garden of Allah novels, a series of historical fiction books set during the golden age of Hollywood: 1927-1959. Exploring the evolution of Hollywood’s most famous and glamorous era through the lives of its residents, these stories take place both in and around the real-life Garden of Allah Hotel on iconic Sunset Boulevard. Although Martin’s heart belongs to history, his energy remains in the present, continuing to put his passions on paper and beyond. Official website: - contains information on the Garden of Allah Hotel, its original owner, silent screen star Alla Nazimova - a Photo Blog of vintage photos of Hollywood and Los Angeles from the turn of the century to the 1960s - a Hollywood timeline detailing what happened when in Hollywood - a comprehensive list of Hollywood places: bars, restaurants, hotels, nightclubs, and speakeasies. Until someone finally gets around to inventing a time machine, it's the closest thing movie fans of classic Hollywood have of visiting a very special time during a very special place. Martin is also on Facebook where he daily posts vintage photos of the places and people that made the golden years of Hollywood such a special time and place - If you would like to join Martin Turnbull's Reader's Group and be among the first to get the latest news, go to ******************** Martin Turnbull Garden of Allah novels have been optioned by Tamasha Talkies, headed by LA-based film and television producer Tabrez Noorani. You can see the official announcement by The Hollywood Reporter: Or on Martin's website: ********************
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