Mr Keiron Pim

 
Keiron Pim is a non-fiction author, whose book Jumpin' Jack Flash: David Litvinoff and the Rock'n'Roll Underworld (Jonathan Cape) was named the best debut biography of 2016 by Kathryn Hughes in The Guardian, and was selected a Book of the Year in The Times. He also works as a journalist, proofreader, editor and mentor to aspiring writers of non-fiction.

Keiron Pim's book Jumpin’ Jack Flash: David Litvinoff and the Rock’n’Roll Underworld (Jonathan Cape, 2016) was widely reviewed: the Daily Telegraph’s five-star review called it a ‘captivating’, ‘revelatory’, ‘extraordinary book’, the Guardian said it was ‘a vivid, engrossing and very odd biography’ and the TLS called it ‘a very good book about a very bad man’. Choosing it as a Book of the Year, Will Hodgkinson wrote in The Times that "Pim’s remarkable book pulls from the shadows the story of a man who did his best to leave no trace". 

David Litvinoff was one of the great mythic characters of ‘60s London. Flitting between the worlds of music, art and crime, he exerted a hidden influence that helped create the Krays twins’ legend, connected the Rolling Stones with London’s dark side, shaped the plot of classic film Performance – and saw him immortalised in a portrait by Lucian Freud. 

Litvinoff’s determination to live without trace means that his life had always previously eluded biographers. Intent on unravelling this enigma, Keiron Pim conducted 100 interviews over five years, speaking to Eric Clapton and Marianne Faithfull, James Fox and ‘Mad’ Frankie Fraser. The result is an extraordinary feat of research that traces a rogue’s progress amongst aristocrats, gangsters and rock stars.

Keiron wrote The Bumper Book of Dinosaurs (Square Peg, 2013, published in the USA as Dinosaurs: the Grand Tour), and edited and introduced Into the Light: the Medieval Hebrew Poetry of Meir of Norwich (East Publishing, 2013), collaborating with Writers’ Centre Norwich to publish this significant poet’s complete works in translation for the first time. 

He reviews books for the Spectator and the Daily Telegraph, and wrote a cover story about the future of public parks for the Guardian's Weekend magazine.

Keiron is a committee member of East Anglian Writers, which is affiliated to the Society of Authors.

During thirteen years working at the Eastern Daily Press he was named Feature Writer of the Year at the national Regional Press Awards and the East of England Media Awards, and won the Bernardine Coverley Prize for Nature Writing at the 2012 Norfolk Arts Awards. 

Contact via Matthew Hamilton at Aitken Alexander Associates: matthew@aitkenalexander.co.uk

Writing non-fiction books; journalism; reviewing; proofreading; copy-editing; mentoring.