Philip Kerr / P.B. Kerr

(born 1956 - ) - Edinburgh

Philip Kerr / P.B. Kerr

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.


The Bernard Gunther Series



  • Pacifism is Not Enough - 1990
  • A Philosophical Investigation - 1992
  • Dead Meat - 1993
  • Gridiron - 1995
  • Esau - 1996
  • A Five Year Plan - 1997
  • The Second Angel - 1998
  • The Shot - 1990
  • Dark Matter: The Private Life of Sir Isaac Newton - 2002
  • Hitler's Peace - 2005
  • One Small Step - 2007
  • A Quiet Flame - 2008
  • If The Dead Rise Note - 2009

As P.B. Kerr

  • The Children of the Lamp Series
  1. The Akhenaten Adventure - 2005
  2. The Blue Djinn of Babylon - 2005
  3. The Cobra King of Kathmandu - 2006
  4. The Day of the Djinn Warrior - 2007
  5. The Eye of the Forest - 2009
  6. The Five Fakirs of Faizabad - 2011
  7. The Grave Robbers of Ghengis Khan - 2012
  • Cover scan of Berlin Noir
    Berlin Noir - Paperback
    Ex-policeman Bernie Gunther thought he'd seen everything on the streets of 1930s Berlin. But then he went freelance, and each case he tackled sucked him further into the grisly excesses of Nazi subculture. This omnibus contains the novels 'March Violets', 'The Pale Criminal' and 'A German Requiem'.
  • Cover scan of Field Grey
    Field Grey - Hardback
    It's 1954 and Bernie has tired of his increasingly dangerous work spying on Meyer Lansky for Cuban Intelligence. He secretly buys a boat and sails to Florida, where he's arrested, sent back to Cuba and imprisoned in the Isle of Pines. There he meets Castro, a French intelligence officer who gives him an ultimatum.
  • Cover scan of If The Dead Rise Not
    If The Dead Rise Not - Hardback
    As Berlin prepares for the 1936 Olympic Games, Bernie Gunther is caught between violently opposing factions in a story that comes full circle in 1950's Cuba.
  • Cover scan of The One From The Other
    The One From The Other - Paperback
    A woman seeks Bernie out. Her husband has disappeared. She's not looking to get him back - he's a wanted man who ran one of the most vicious concentration camps in Poland. She just wants confirmation that he's dead. It's a simple enough job. But in post-war Germany, nothing is simple.
  • Cover scan of The Prague Fatale
    The Prague Fatale - Hardback
    'The Prague Fatale' is Bernie Gunther's eighth outing. Set in Prague in 1942, it delivers all the fast-paced and quick-witted action that we have come to expect from Philip Kerr. It is an outstanding thriller by a writer at the top of his game.
  • Cover scan of A Quiet Flame
    A Quiet Flame - Paperback
    Redolent with the atmosphere of 1950s Argentina and featuring portraits of real characters such as Eva and Juan Peron, Adolf Eichmann, and Otto Skorzeny, this novel ends up asking some highly provocative questions about the true extent of Argentina's Nazi collaboration and anti-Semitism under the Perons.

As P.B. Kerr

  • Cover scan of The Blue Djinn Of Babylon
    The Blue Djinn Of Babylon - Paperback
    When 12-year-old twins, Philippa and John Gaunt, are plunged into an adventure, they need all their magical skills, courage and intelligence to survive. Their adversary is the terrifying Blue Djinn who lures Philippa to a secret kingdom in ancient Babylon. John must embark on an epic journey across the globe to rescue her.
  • Cover scan of The Cobra King Of Kathmandu
    The Cobra King Of Kathmandu - Paperback
    John and Philippa travel to Nepal and India on the trail of a lost talisman and mysterious assassins who murder by snakebite. Their race to unravel some venomous clues turns into a desperate rescue mission when their djinn-uncle is captured by the Cult of Nine Cobras.
  • Cover scan of The Day Of The Djinn Warriors
    The Day Of The Djinn Warrior - Hardback
    The fourth djinncredible adventure of the Children of the Lamp. theft, hauntings & red-hot mystery - it's a race against time for John & Philippa Gaunt to outwit the wicked Iblis. But can the djinn twins stop Iblis now he has woken the ancient warriors of the long-dead emperor from their sleep?
  • Cover scan of The Eye Of The Forest
    The Eye Of The Forest - Paperback
    An ancient Incan prophecy leads the Gaunt twins deep into the heart of the Amazon, in search of a cursed portal that has remained hidden for centuries. Along the way, they come across their old friend Dybbuk. However, Dybbuk has lost all his djinn powers and is desperate to get them back - even if it means destroying the world.
  • Cover scan of The Five Fakirs Of Faizabad
    The Five Fakirs Of Faizabad - Hardback
    John and Philippa Gaunt are looking forward to finally leading a normal life - until they discover that an evil djinn is trying to uncover the five great secrets of the universe. If he succeeds, the world will be plunged into darkness. Only the djinn twins can stop him - but first, they must find Shangri-La.
  • Cover scan of The Grave Robbers Of Genghis Khan
    The Grave Robbers Of Ghengis Khan - Paperback
    When the ancient Italian volcano Mount Vesuvius erupts right before their eyes, djinn twins John and Philippa Gaunt know that a brand-new adventure has found them. Soon, they learn that volcanoes all over the world are beginning to erupt and are spewing a strange golden lava.
  • Cover scan of One Small Step
    One Small Step - Paperback
    It's 1969 and Scott is doing all the things that normal boys do - as well as flying planes with his flight instructor dad. When Scott successfully crash lands a training plane, NASA come to call. They are conducting a secret space programme - a test flight before the first moon landing. Who better to pilot their craft than a young boy aviator?