1 January 2016 My father and other animals At 92, the acclaimed childrens author Judith Kerr seems as vital as anyone half her age. Sign UpGet the New Statesman\'s Morning Call email. Sign-up › My father and other animals Erica Wagner is New Statesman contributing writer. A former literary editor of the Times, she has twice judged the Man Booker Prize. Her most recent book is Chief Engineer: The Man Who Built the Brooklyn Bridge. Subscribe For more great writing from our award-winning journalists subscribe for just £1 per month!