Philip Kerr

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Philip Kerr
Philip Kerr 2014.jpg
Kerr at PEN American Center in May 2014.
Born Philip Ballantyne Kerr
(1956-02-22) 22 February 1956 (age 62)
Edinburgh, Scotland, UK
Pen name P. B. Kerr
Occupation Author
Language English
Nationality British
Citizenship United Kingdom
Children 3

Philip Ballantyne Kerr (born 22 February 1956) is a British author.[1][2][3]

Born in Edinburgh, Scotland, Kerr was educated at a grammar school in Northampton. He studied at the University of Birmingham from 1974 to 1980, gaining a master's degree in law and philosophy.[4] Kerr worked as an advertising copywriter for Saatchi and Saatchi[4] 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.

Kerr has written for The Sunday Times, the Evening Standard and the New Statesman. He is married to fellow novelist Jane Thynne; the two live in Wimbledon, London,[5] and have three children.

Awards and honours[edit]

In 1993, Kerr was named in Granta's list of Best Young British Novelists.[4] 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.[6] The book also won the British Crime Writers' Association's Ellis Peters Historic Crime Award that same year.[7]



Bernie Gunther[edit]

Scott Manson novels[edit]

  • January Window. London: Head of Zeus, October 23, 2014. ISBN 1784082538 ISBN 978-1784082536 ASIN: B00KX96D3G
  • Hand of God. London: Head of Zeus, June 4, 2015. ASIN: B00PULYUSW [10]
  • False Nine. London: Head of Zeus, November 5, 2015. ASIN: B00UVK10AS [10]

Stand alone novels[edit]

Non fiction[edit]

  • 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)[edit]

Children of the Lamp[edit]

Stand alone fiction[edit]


  1. ^ "Philip Kerr". International Science Fiction Database. 
  2. ^ The International Who's Who 2004. Europa Publications. p. 875. 
  3. ^ "Philip Kerr". Wavesound. Retrieved 8 November 2017. 
  4. ^ a b c Toby Clements (23 January 2012). "Philip Kerr: Interview". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 4 November 2013. 
  5. ^ Lauren May (13 September 2013). "Tom Hanks poised to bring novels of Wimbledon author Philip Kerr to small screen". Your Local Guardian. Retrieved 4 November 2013. 
  6. ^ Giles Tremlett (3 September 2009). "Philip Kerr wins €125,000 RBA crime writing prize". The Guardian. Retrieved 13 September 2013. 
  7. ^ "Philip Kerr wins the 2009 CWA Ellis Peters Historic Crime Award" (Press release). The Crime Writers' Association. 29 October 2009. Archived from the original on 7 November 2013. 
  8. ^ 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.
  9. ^ 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.
  10. ^ a b, -. "Philip Kerr". 
  11. ^ 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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