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Judith Kerr was born on 14 June 1923 in Berlin but escaped from Hitler’s Germany with her parents and brother in 1933 when she was nine years old.

Her father was a drama critic and a distinguished writer whose books were burned by the Nazis. The family passed through Switzerland and France before arriving finally in England in 1936. Judith went to eleven different schools, worked in the Red Cross during the war, and won a scholarship to the Central School of Arts and Crafts in 1945. Since then she has worked as an artist, a BBC television scriptwriter and, for the past thirty years, as author and illustrator of children’s books.

Her three autobiographical novels are based on her early wandering years (which against all the odds she greatly enjoyed), her adolescence in London during the war, and finally on a brief return to Berlin as a young married woman. The stories have been internationally acclaimed and, to the author’s considerable satisfaction, have done particularly well in Germany where they are sometimes used as an easy introduction to a difficult period of Germany history.

Judith is married to scriptwriter Tom Kneale – they have two children and Mog, their very own forgetful cat. They live in Barnes, London. Their son was awarded the Somerset Maughan prize for his first novel.

Featured Books, with extracts, by Judith Kerr

The Tiger Who Came To Tea by Judith Kerr
The Tiger Who Came To Tea
Judith Kerr
Appeared on “Hay-on-Sky” 28 May. This wonderful story about believing in the unexpected and magical has just had its 40th birthday and remains as relevant to children now as it was when it was first published back in 1968. When...
Format: Paperback - Released: 06/02/2006
Mog the Forgetful Cat by Judith Kerr
Mog the Forgetful Cat
Judith Kerr
Featured on The Book Show on Sky Arts on 21 October 2010. Many happy returns to Mog the Forgetful Cat who has been delighting readers for forty years. Brilliant author-illustrator Judith Kerr’s timeless stories about Mog, the cat who has...
Format: Paperback - Released: 07/02/2005

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