Leslie Piper is a scholarship student at Wilton College, and a talented flute-player. He is blond, good-looking, fllirtatious, friendly, carefree, and mischievous. When Polly?
first meets him in Stow-on-the-Water he wears a skull earring; at Wilton he changes it for a more discreet gold stud. He is well-known and well-liked in Middleton, although Fiona
thinks him rather shallow and frivolous. He is often romantically linked to Nina
In Stow-on-the-Water, Leslie lived with his mother, Edna, and his uncle, Thomas Piper, and worked in Thomas Piper hardware.
Leslie Piper is also a character whom Polly and Thomas Lynn invent in their early letters. He is the nephew of Thomas Lynn's alter ego, Thomas Piper (Tan Coul), but, unlike Leslie, he is dark-haired, spoiled, and sulky.
See also Fire and Hemlock (spoilers).