Philip Kerr

b. – d. 2018

Philip Kerr was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature in 2018.

Philip Kerr, celebrated novelist who sadly died in March 2018, was an advertising copywriter before becoming a full-time writer in 1989. He wrote over 30 books, and 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. In 1993, Kerr was named one of Granta’s Best of Young British Novelists. He also wrote children’s books, under the name P.B. Kerr, including the Children of the Lamp series. Philip accepted his Fellowship of the RSL in early 2018. His final book, the fourteenth Bernie Gunther novel, Metropolis, will be published in 2019.