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Philip Kerr


UK (1956 - )
Husband of Jane Thynne

aka P B Kerr

Born in Edinburgh, Kerr was educated there and at a grammar school in Northampton. He studied law at the University of Birmingham from 1974 to 1980, eventually gaining a master's degree. Kerr worked as an advertising copywriter for Saatchi and Saatchi before becoming a full-time writer in 1989.Born in Edinburgh, Kerr was educated there and at a grammar school in Northampton. He studied law at the University of Birmingham from 1974 to 1980, eventually gaining a master's degree. 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 thrillers set during the Weimar Republic, World War II 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 couple live in Wimbledon, London, and have three children.
 
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(Hugo Marston, book 4)
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"Mark Pryor is one of the smartest new writers on the block."
The Reluctant Matador
The Reluctant Matador (2015)
(Hugo Marston, book 5)
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"Mark Pryor is one of the smartest new writers on the block."



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