Philip Kerr was born and raised in Edinburgh, but moved to Northampton when he was 14. He studied Law at the University of Birmingham. He now lives in London with his wife, also a writer, and three children.
Although he studied law, his first career was in advertising copywriting. Later, he took up journalism and then novel writing. He has written thrillers for adults, including the acclaimed Bernard Gunther ‘Berlin Noir’ series, and writes children’s novels under the nom de plume ‘P.B. Kerr’, starting with The Children of the Lamp series.
Kerr says that he was spurred to write his first children’s novel in an effort to wean his son away from television and video games and on to books. There are now four seven in the series, which has been optioned by film-makers DreamWorks.