Philip Kerr (born 22 February 1956) is a British author.
Born in Edinburgh, in a Baptist family, Kerr was educated at Melville Collegeand at a grammar school in Northampton. He studied at the University of Birmingham from 1974 to 1980, eventually gaining a master's degree in law and philosophy. Kerr worked as an advertising copywriter for Saatchi and Saatchi before becoming a full-time writer in 1989. A writer of both adult fiction and non-fiction, he is known for the Bernie Gunther series of historical thrillers set in Germany and elsewhere during the 1930s, the Second World War and the Cold War. He has also written children's books under the name P.B. Kerr, including the Children of the Lamp series.
Awards and honours
In 1993, Kerr was named in Granta's list of Best Young British Novelists. In 2009, If the Dead Rise Not won the world's most lucrative crime fiction award, the RBA International Prize for Crime Writing worth €125,000. The book also won the British Crime Writers' Association's Ellis Peters Historic Crime Award that same year.
- "Berlin Noir" "Bernie Gunther" trilogy, republished 1993 by Penguin Books in one volume. ISBN 978-0-14-023170-0.
- Later "Bernie Gunther" novels
- The One From the Other. New York: Putnam, 2006. ISBN 978-0-399-15299-3, set in 1949
- A Quiet Flame. London: Quercus, 2008. ISBN 978-1-84724-356-0, set in 1950
- If The Dead Rise Not. London: Quercus, 2009. ISBN 978-1-84724-942-5, set in 1934 and 1954
- Field Grey. London: Quercus, 2010. ISBN 978-1-84916-412-2, set in 1954 with flashbacks over 20 years
- Prague Fatale. London: Quercus, 2011 ISBN 978-1-84916-415-3, set in 1941
- A Man Without Breath. London: Quercus, 2013. ISBN 978-1-78087-624-5, set in 1943
Stand alone novels
- A Philosophical Investigation. London: Chatto & Windus, 1992. ISBN 0-7011-4553-6
- Dead Meat. London: Chatto & Windus, 1993. ISBN 0-7011-4703-2
- Gridiron (vt US The Grid). London: Chatto & Windus, 1995. ISBN 0-7011-6248-1
- Esau. London: Chatto & Windus, 1996. ISBN 0-7011-6281-3
- A Five Year Plan. London: Hutchinson, 1997. ISBN 0-09-180165-6
- The Second Angel. London: Orion, 1998. ISBN 0-7528-1443-5
- The Shot. London: Orion, 1999. ISBN 0-7528-1444-3
- Dark Matter: The Private Life of Sir Isaac Newton. New York: Crown, 2002. ISBN 0-609-60981-5
- Hitler's Peace. New York: Marian Wood, 2005. ISBN 0-399-15269-5
- Prayer. London: Quercus, 2013. ISBN 978-1782-06573-9
- 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)
- The Akhenaten Adventure. London: Scholastic Press, 2004. ISBN 0-439-96365-6
- The Blue Djinn of Babylon. London: Scholastic Press, 2005. ISBN 0-439-95950-0
- The Cobra King of Kathmandu. London: Scholastic Press, 2006. ISBN 0-439-95958-6
- The Day of the Djinn Warriors. London: Scholastic Press, 2007. ISBN 978-1-4071-0365-5
- The Eye of the Forest. London: Scholastic Press, 2009. ISBN 978-0-439-93215-8
- The Five Fakirs of Faizabad. London: Scholastic Press, 2010.
- The Grave Robbers of Genghis Khan. London: Scholastic Press, 2011.
Stand alone fiction
- One Small Step. London: Simon & Schuster, 2008 (paper). ISBN 978-1-84738-300-6
- Aidan Smith (February 28, 2008). "Natural born thriller: Philip Kerr interview". The Scotsman. Retrieved November 4, 2013.
- Toby Clements (January 23, 2012). "Philip Kerr: Interview". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved November 4, 2013.
- Lauren May (September 13, 2013). "Tom Hanks poised to bring novels of Wimbledon author Philip Kerr to small screen". Your Local Guardian. Retrieved November 4, 2013.
- Giles Tremlett (3 September 2009). "Philip Kerr wins €125,000 RBA crime writing prize". The Guardian. Retrieved September 13, 2013.
- "Philip Kerr wins the 2009 CWA Ellis Peters Historic Crime Award" (Press release). The Crime Writers' Association. October 29, 2009.
- The text on the dust jacket of UK hardback editions of Field Grey, as well as many listings at online retailers, contain an incorrect early plot summary referencing many elements - including the Isle of Pines as a location and Fidel Castro and a French intelligence officer named Thibaud as characters - that do not appear in the final book.
- Prague Fatale was originally announced under the title The Man With the Iron Heart. The name had to be changed shortly before publication, when the publishers discovered there was already a novel with the same title, also about Reinhard Heydrich, by author Harry Turtledove.
- Dead Meat was adapted for British television as Grushko, and a media tie-in edition was later published with that title.
- Official Philip Kerr website
- Official P.B. Kerr website
- Bernie Gunther fansite
- Interview in Shotsmag Ezine 2011
- Works by or about Philip Kerr in libraries (WorldCat catalog)
- Interview with Philip Kerr about Kerr's relationship with Berlin.