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Who is Robert Pimm?  Well, I was conceived in Nigeria and spent the first three years of my life there.  I’m the one on the left.

I lived in Exeter 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 recent post Ten reasons to like Lesotho, including numerous pictures, was my most popular so far this year (links in bold italics are to other posts on this site).

In 1969-70 I went to Waterford Kamhlaba School in Swaziland for 18 months.  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 grew up in Manchester, studied in Cambridge (England), and started work.  Ignore the following picture, which 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 started 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 5 pleasure paths.

My Berlin thriller, Blood Summit, has good reviews.  Click on the link to read the first few chapters, or 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.

If you prefer short stories, 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 (or buy the book) 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.

If you want to see what I get up to, please follow this blog (click on the “follow” button, top right hand corner) or follow me on Twitter: @robertpimm or Instagram: robert_pimm.


  1. Paul Niland says:

    Why use “Kiev” and not “Kyiv”?


  2. Yusuf says:

    Merhaba Robert Bey,

    Umarım iyisinizdir.

    Sorry to write here but there is no contact button on your website.

    I am about to finish writing a book on Turkish Grammar. I am looking for speakers of English who are keen to learn Turkish so that I can test my book before it goes to print. I am using the Google Helpouts platform to do this. I don’t know if this would be of any interest to you or your colleagues?

    I look forward to hearing from you.



    P.S. My Google Helpouts listings:


    • rleighturner says:

      Dear Yusuf

      Thanks for this. I am having good Turkish lessons at the moment with Concept Languages here in Istanbul. But I will leave up your comment for a while in case others find your link helpful.

      Best wishes,



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