Philip Kerr

Philip Kerr

Philip Kerr (born 22 February 1956 in Edinburgh) is a British author[1] of both adult fiction and non-fiction, most notably the Bernie Gunther series of thrillers, and of children's books, particularly the Children of the Lamp series.

Born in Edinburgh, Kerr was educated there and at a grammar school in Northampton. He studied law at the University of Birmingham from 1974–1980, achieving a masters degree. Kerr worked as an advertising copywriter for Saatchi and Saatchi before becoming a full-time writer in 1989. He has written for the Sunday Times, the Evening Standard and the New Statesman.

Kerr has published novels as Philip Kerr and a children's series, Children of the Lamp, under the name P.B. Kerr.

Kerr is married to fellow novelist, Jane Thynne. They live in Wimbledon, London, and have three children: William, Charlie and Naomi.




Bernie Gunther

Stand alone novels

Non fiction

  • The Penguin Book of Lies. 1991;1996
  • The Penguin Book of Fights, Feuds and Heartfelt Hatreds: An Anthology of Antipathy. 1992;1993

Children's fiction (as P.B. Kerr)

Children of the Lamp

Stand alone fiction


  1. ^ Stasio, Marilyn (10 September 2006). "CRIME; In Hitler's Wake". The New York Times: p. 27. Retrieved 24 September 2011. 
  2. ^ This was originally announced under the title The Man With the Iron Heart
  3. ^ Dead Meat was adapted for British television as Grushko, and a media tie-in edition was later published with that title.

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