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.
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Martin Turnbull is the author of the Hollywood’s Garden of Allah novels, set at the real-life Garden of Allah Hotel which sat on the corner of Sunset Blvd and Crescent Heights Blvd from January 1927 to August 1959. To put it another way, the hotel opened at the dawn of the talkie era and closed at the dusk of the Hollywood studio system.
- Book 1: “The Garden on Sunset“
- Book 2: “The Trouble with Scarlett“
- Book 3: “Citizen Hollywood“
- Book 4: “Searchlights and Shadows“
- Book 5: “Reds in the Beds“
- Book 6: “Twisted Boulevard“
- Book 7: “Tinseltown Confidential“
- Book 8: “City of Myths“
- Book 9: “Closing Credits“
Chasing Salomé: a novel of 1920s Hollywood
Based on a true story, Chasing Salomé takes the reader through silent-screen star Alla Nazimova and her efforts to produce a film version of Oscar Wilde’s infamous play, Salomé. Go HERE for more information.
The Heart of the Lion: a novel of Irving Thalberg’s Hollywood
Hollywood in the 1920s: the motion picture industry is booming, and newly merged Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer’s Irving Thalberg knows it takes more than guts and gumption to create screen magic that will live forever. The harder he works, the higher he soars. But at what cost? The more he achieves, the closer he risks flying into oblivion. A frail and faulty heart shudders inside this chest that blazes with ambition. Thalberg knows that his charmed life at the top of the Hollywood heap is a dangerous tightrope walk: each day—each breath, even—could be his last.
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