David Pipe was born in 1949 in a small Essex village. He attended a local grammar school before studying chemistry at the University of Hull. He worked in the pharmaceutical industry in England and South Africa before studying more chemistry at Imperial College. After spells at universities in Geneva and Mulhouse he joined the oil industry in Germany where, aged 53, he gratefully took a redundancy package. Following a period of self-employment he wound down his business, eventually giving it up to scratch the writing itch which has produced his first book, Sacrificing Starlight.
When he's not writing David spends his spare time reading, swimming and jogging. He is married and lives in Hamburg with his wife and their Border terrier Henry.