This is a page about Leigh Turner, who writes under the pen-name of Robert Pimm. To read about my books, click here.
Who is Leigh Turner? Well, I was conceived in Nigeria and spent the first three years of my life there. I’m the one on the left (my brother Stephen is holding the pram upright).
I lived in Exeter, in the south-west of England, from ages 3-6 and in Roma, Lesotho from ages 6-12. The pic below shows me in Roma playing Monopoly and doing something with a spoon.
My post Ten reasons to like Lesotho, including numerous pictures, was popular (links in bold italics are to other posts on this site).
In 1969-70 I went to Waterford Kamhlaba School in Swaziland. I am grinning in this picture (standing next to my big brother) because I am wearing one of my first ever pairs of long trousers. I still have this tie; the yellow dot on a blue background is a phoenix rising.
Later I studied at Manchester Grammar School and Cambridge (England), and started work. The following picture bears no resemblance to me today but does feature a 1960s VW Beetle convertible in West Virginia in 1982. We were heading for Portland, Oregon but I only made it as far as Chicago. You can read more about my travels, notably in the U.S. and Russia, in my Biography pages.
I started writing fiction in 1985 – see my novels and short stories pages. I have also had a career which has taken me to, amongst other places, Moscow, Kyiv, Berlin, Hong Kong, Vladivostok, St Helena, Vienna, Buenos Aires, Beijing, Bermuda, Samarkand, Istanbul and even Brussels.
I began this Robert Pimm writing blog in 2014 and have sought to fill it with material of interest. Please do explore and let me know if you’d like me to write about something else (or stop writing). You can find your way via the 7 pleasure paths.
From 1979 to 2021 I worked as a British diplomat and civil servant. My last three postings were Ambassador to Ukraine, 2008-12; Consul-General and Director General for Trade and Investment for Turkey, South Caucasus and Central Asia (long title) in Istanbul 2012-16; and Ambassador to Austria and UK Permanent Representative to the International Organisations in Vienna (another long title) 2016-21.
For reflections on my decades as a diplomat, see my “Diplomatic lessons” posts on LinkedIn.
Amongst my previous works, my Berlin thriller, Blood Summit, has good reviews. Look on Amazon to read what people say about it. You can see me reading from Blood Summit at the Reichstag in Berlin in the video below.
Or check out my black comedy feminist collection Seven Hotel Stories. They star Ms N, the world’s most brilliant, unpredictable and occasionally homicidal hotel manager and her beautiful but naive ally, Tatiana. Again, feel free to read the reviews on Amazon.
You can read more about me, including my taste in music, in my post Sixty Seconds with Robert Pimm.
Listen to this one-hour interview with me on “Free Radio Innsbruck” (in English, with a few words of German), focused on Blood Summit, including four readings, in October 2019.
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