The author of The Tiger Who Came To Tea on guilty pleasures, escaping Nazi Germany and wanting to be famous
Born in Berlin, Kerr, 95, fled the Nazis in 1933 and settled in England at the age of 12. She studied at the Central School of Art and Design and worked as a BBC scriptwriter. In 1968 she published her first picture book, The Tiger Who Came To Tea. Her other titles include When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit and the Mog series. She discusses her new book, The Curse Of The School Rabbit, at Hay festival on 1 June. She is a widow, has two children and lives in London.
When were you happiest?
When I received my scholarship to art school in 1945.
What is your greatest fear?
Not being able to work.
Which living person do you most admire, and why?
No one I can think of, but lots of people no longer living.
What is the trait you most deplore in yourself?
What makes you unhappy?
Two things: being lonely and doing bad work.
Who would play you in the film of your life?
Helen Mirren. She could play anyone.
What is your most unappealing habit?
I sniff a bit.
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