Martin Turnbull’s official website

www.MartinTurnbull.com

The Hollywood’s Garden of Allah novels:

Book 1 – The Garden on Sunset
(Book 1 is available for free in all ebook formats)

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

OTHER LINKS:

Hollywood Timeline

Los Angeles cafes, restaurants, bars & nightclubs

L.A. & Hollywood vintage photo blog (updated daily)

The Hollywood’s Garden of Allah novels companion map

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10 Responses to Martin Turnbull’s official website

  1. WHERE CAN I BUY YOUR BOOKS.

  2. THANKS MARTIN ,I’M A BIG FAN OH HOLLYWOOD IN THE 40’S AND 50’S ETC..I WISH WE COULD STOP THEM FOR DESTROYING ALL THE HISTORY. REGARDS DENIEL EDWARDS. …

  3. You and me both, Deniel! The Garden of Allah Hotel was open from 1927 to 1959, which I consider the golden years of Hollywood – i.e. from “The Jazz Singer” to “Ben-Hur.” The Garden of Allah was a singularly unique place which has largely been forgotten so it’s my aim with my novels to recreate a special time and place which has been torn down and forgotten.

  4. MARTIN WHY CAN’T WE REBUILD IT IN HOLLYWOOD ????…SOME SMART BUSINESSMAN COULD DO IT. WOW…THE SAME WITH A STREET CAR LINE, THERE’S CITES ALL OVER WITH THE OLD REFURBISH STREET CARS RUNNING.WE SHOULD CHAT SOMEDAY BY PHONE ETC..I WANT TO KNOW WHAT WE CAN DO TO PRESERVE THE HISTORY OF OLD HOLLYWOOD…ETC.REGARDS DENIEL/ 818/761/9354.

  5. Garan Grey says:

    Having been a tour guide at two classic studios, I really miss some old backlots. Particularly Forty Acres, Columbia Ranch and Disney… Even the studios with existing backlots have lost a lot of their history. Think there’s some stories to be told there?

    • Hi Garan – I like to thing that there are always stories to be told, especially in movie back lots. The question is: Are they as interesting…?!?!?

      • Garan Grey says:

        I think so.

        I watched movies and TV shows as a kid from 3000 miles away, and wondered where some of those buildings were. As an adult living here, the backlots offered me an occasional rare connection to the past. I still remember a day I was sent to work on the Warner Ranch. Got there really early so i could stand in front of 3 surviving facades that were four sitcom houses I remember fondly.

        When I worked at Bway theatres in NY, Garson Kanin wrote a book called SMASH with real theatre descriptions that happened to be very accurate.

        I believe you’ve already been doing that. And there’s more to be told.

  6. Meanwhile, I was doing the same thing from 8000 miles away in Australia. And I very clearly remember reading and loving “Smash.”

    • Garan grey says:

      I’ve read that book numerous times and even tried to reach Zadan/Meron to suggest they option the book. Though i enjoyed the series there’s precious little of the actual book left in it. Did you notice the parallels to Kanin’s real life experience and figure out who the characters were based on? Look who I’m talking to… of course you have. Another window into the theatre scene, largely based in LA is Diary of a Mad Playwright. I have a bunch of real untold stories from my stagedoor days. For a lot of us what went on behind the scenes is at least as entertaining as what happened onstage… as you know.

      You have a lot to draw from, and you’ve built up a following, so as long as it pleases you, keep writing.

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