Garden of Allah

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The Garden on Sunset Summary

Right before talking pictures slug Tinsel Town in the jaw, a luminous silent screen star converts her private estate into the Garden of Allah Hotel. The lush grounds soon become a haven for Hollywood hopefuls to meet, drink, and revel through the night. George Cukor is in the pool, Tallulah Bankhead is at the bar, and Scott Fitzgerald is sneaking off to a bungalow with Sheilah Graham while Madame Alla Nazimova keeps watch behind her lace curtains.

But the real story of the Garden of Allah begins with its first few residents, three kids on the brink of something big.

Marcus Adler has a lot to prove after his father catches him and the police chief's son with their pants down. He flees Pennsylvania for Hollywood with his mouth shut and his eyes open, and begins to write the lines all those starlets will say out loud. Can a smart, sensitive guy find his own voice in a town that's just learning to talk?

Kathryn Massey's childhood was a grinding routine of auditions, but she couldn't care less about being a movie star. When she takes off with her typewriter, determined to become a newspaper reporter, she finds that breaking into the boys' club is tougher than breaking free of her bossy mother. To make it in this town, she'll need some serious moxie.

Gwendolyn Brick is a sweet Southern beauty who's come a long way to try her luck on the big screen. She's hoping the same succulent lips the guys want to kiss will land her more than a bit part on a casting couch. She's going to need some help keeping everyone in line.

Nobody gets a free pass in Hollywood, but a room at the Garden on Sunset can get your foot in the door.

The Garden on Sunset is the first in Martin Turnbull's series of historical novels set during Hollywood's golden age.

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  • Book 1

    • The Garden on Sunset

    • Garden of Allah, Book 1
    • By: Martin Turnbull
    • Narrated by: John C. Zak
    • Length: 9 hrs and 43 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Right before talking pictures slug Tinsel Town in the jaw, a luminous silent screen star converts her private estate into the Garden of Allah Hotel. The lush grounds soon become a haven for Hollywood hopefuls to meet, drink, and revel through the night. George Cukor is in the pool, Tallulah Bankhead is at the bar, and Scott Fitzgerald is sneaking off to a bungalow with Sheilah Graham while Madame Alla Nazimova keeps watch behind her lace curtains.

    Regular price: £18.79

  • Book 2

    • The Trouble with Scarlett

    • Garden of Allah, Book 2
    • By: Martin Turnbull
    • Narrated by: John C. Zak
    • Length: 11 hrs and 46 mins
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    Summer, 1936: Gone with the Wind, Margaret Mitchell's first novel, takes the world by storm. Everyone in Hollywood knows Civil War pictures don't make a dime, but renegade producer David O. Selznick snaps up the movie rights and suddenly America has just one question: Who will play Scarlett O'Hara? The Trouble with Scarlett is the second in Martin Turnbull's series of historical novels set during Hollywood's golden age.

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  • Book 3

    • Citizen Hollywood

    • The Garden of Allah, Book 3
    • By: Martin Turnbull
    • Narrated by: John C. Zak
    • Length: 13 hrs and 31 mins
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    Hollywood, 1939: When Tinseltown begins to woo wunderkind Orson Welles, he stashes himself at the Chateau Marmont until he's ready to make his splashy entrance. But gossip columnist Kathryn Massey knows he's there. Kathryn has been on the outs with Hollywood since her ill-fated move to Life magazine, but now that she's back at the Hollywood Reporter, she's desperate to find the Next Big Thing.

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  • Book 4

    • Searchlights and Shadows

    • Garden of Allah, Book 4
    • By: Martin Turnbull
    • Narrated by: Lance Roger Axt
    • Length: 10 hrs and 59 mins
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    At the dawn of 1942, the dark days of Pearl Harbor still loom over Los Angeles. America is now at war. Wartime propaganda is the name of the game. Marcus Adler is an MGM screenwriter whose latest movie was stolen out from under his whiskey glass, and he's determined it won't happen again. He comes up with a surefire hit, but his chance to triumph is threatened by a vicious rumor: "Marcus Adler is a goddamned commie." In the city of searchlights, suspicions can lurk behind every shadow.

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  • Book 5

    • Reds in the Beds

    • Hollywood's Garden of Allah Novels, Volume 5
    • By: Martin Turnbull
    • Narrated by: Lance Roger Axt
    • Length: 10 hrs and 44 mins
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    When a scandal accuses Tinseltown of being riddled with Communists, MGM writing department head Marcus Adler needs to keep his reputation beyond reproach. Unfortunately in Hollywood, nobody's past is spotless. Gossip columnist Kathryn Massey is doing everything she can to shed the FBI informer mantle she carried during the war. In post-war Hollywood, there are reds in the beds, the sharks are circling, and it's feeding time.

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  • Book 6

    • Twisted Boulevard

    • A Novel of Golden-Era Hollywood
    • By: Martin Turnbull
    • Narrated by: Lance Roger Axt
    • Length: 9 hrs and 53 mins
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    When the Red Scare ends, paranoia lingers. Can Tinseltown recover to take on television? After an exile from MGM, ousted screenwriter Marcus Adler is looking for his way back into the biz. When he hatches a plan to start over with a disgraced movie star, a Hollywood censor reminds Marcus that the misdeeds of the past aren't soon forgotten.

    Regular price: £19.39

  • Book 7

    • Tinseltown Confidential

    • Hollywood's Garden of Allah Novels, Book 7
    • By: Martin Turnbull
    • Narrated by: Daniel David Shapiro
    • Length: 9 hrs and 9 mins
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    As America embraces the 1950s, that brash upstart called television is poaching Hollywood's turf, inch by inch. If the studios don't do something drastic, they may lose the battle. When screenwriter Marcus Adler fell afoul of the blacklist, Europe offered sanctuary. Hollywood lures him back, but the specter of Joseph McCarthy forces Marcus to fight for a final chance to clear his name.

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  • Book 8

    • City of Myths: A Novel of Golden-Era Hollywood

    • Hollywood's Garden of Allah Novels, Book 8
    • By: Martin Turnbull
    • Narrated by: Price Waldman
    • Length: 11 hrs and 35 mins
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    Kathryn Massey spends her days spreading rumors and keeping secrets. Losing herself one headline at a time has left Kathryn’s personal identity scattered - and dumps her at the narrow end of the bargaining table with the man she trusts the least. Gwendolyn Brick has simpler aspirations. As a costume designer, her sights are set on glamour, not heights of fame. But her friendship with Marilyn Monroe puts her directly into the crosshairs of studio head, Darryl Zanuck - and he’s someone you don’t say no to....

    Regular price: £22.89