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Philip Pullman


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Philip Pullman was born in Norwich on 19th October 1946. The early part of his life was spent travelling all over the world, because his father and then his stepfather were both in the Royal Air Force. He spent part of his childhood in Australia, where he first met the wonders of comics, and grew to love Superman and Batman in particular. From the age of 11, he lived in North Wales, having moved back to Britain. It was a time when children were allowed to roam anywhere, to play in the streets, to wander over the hills, and he took full advantage of it. His English teacher, Miss Enid Jones, was a big influence on him, and he still sends her copies of his books.

After he left school he went to Exeter College, Oxford, to read English. He did a number of odd jobs for a while, and then moved back to Oxford to become a teacher. He taught at various middle schools for twelve years, and then moved to Westminster College, Oxford, to be a part-time lecturer. He taught courses on the Victorian novel and on the folk tale, and also a course examining how words and pictures fit together. He eventually left teaching in order to write full-time.

His first published novel was for adults, but he began writing for children when he was a teacher. Some of his novels were based on plays he wrote for his school pupils, such as The Ruby In The Smoke. He is best known for the award winning His Dark Materials series, consisting of Northern Lights, The Subtle Knife and The Amber Spyglass
 

Genres: Young Adult Fantasy, Children's Fiction, Young Adult Fiction, Fantasy
 
Series
Sally Lockhart
   1. The Ruby in the Smoke (1985)
   2. The Shadow in the North (1986)
     aka The Shadow in the Plate
   3. The Tiger in the Well (1990)
   4. The Tin Princess (1994)
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His Dark Materials
   0.5. Once Upon a Time in the North (2008)
   0.6. The Collectors (2015)
   1. Northern Lights (1995)

     aka The Golden Compass

   2. The Subtle Knife (1997)
   3. The Amber Spyglass (1999)
   3.5. Lyra's Oxford (2003)
   3.75. Serpentine (2020)
   The Imagination Chamber (2022)
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His Dark Materials Graphic Novel
   1. The Golden Compass The Graphic Novel (2015)
     aka Northern Lights Graphic Novel
   2. The Golden Compass Graphic Novel, Volume 2 (2016)
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Novels
   The Haunted Storm (1973)
   Galatea (1978)
   Count Karlstein (1982)
   How to Be Cool (1987)
   Spring-heeled Jack (1989)
   The Broken Bridge (1990)
   The White Mercedes (1992)
   The Firework-Maker's Daughter (1995)
   Clockwork (1996)
   The Butterfly Tattoo (1998)
   I Was a Rat! (1999)
   The Scarecrow and His Servant (2004)
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Collections
   Magic Beans (2011) (with others)
   Grimm Tales (2012)
   The Golden Key (2012)
   Fairy Tales from the Brothers Grimm (2012)
   Four Tales (2019)
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Novellas and Short Stories
   Imaginary Friends (2017)
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Anthologies edited
   Detective Stories (1998)
   Whodunit? (2007)
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Series contributed to
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Plays show
 
Picture Books show
 
Graphic Novels show
 
Chapter Books show
 
Non fiction show
 
Omnibus editions show
 
Philip Pullman recommends
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The Glassmaker (2024)
Tracy Chevalier
"A triumph... a brilliant idea carried out with confidence and brio and a deep love of an extraordinary city. The ingenuity of the time-skipping is beyond admiration."
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Wolf Road (2023)
Alice Roberts
"A fine storyteller."
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The Choice (2023)
Michael Arditti
"I enjoyed it enormously. The story is so interesting, the theme so important and pertinent, and the fluency and lightness of touch so engaging to read."

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Books containing stories by Philip Pullman
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First Light (2022)
A Celebration of Alan Garner
edited by
Erica Wagner
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The Wand in the Word (2006)
Conversations with Writers of Fantasy
edited by
Leonard S Marcus

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Awards
2018 British Book Award Author of the Year
2002 British Book Award Author of the Year
1996 Carnegie Medal : Northern Lights

Award nominations
2020 Locus Award for Best Young Adult Novel (nominee) : The Secret Commonwealth
2020 British Book Award Fiction Book of the Year (shortlist) : The Secret Commonwealth
2020 British Book Award 30 from 30 Special Award (shortlist) : Northern Lights
2018 YA Book Prize (nominee) : La Belle Sauvage
2018 Locus Award for Best Young Adult Novel (nominee) : La Belle Sauvage
2018 British Book Award Children's Fiction Book of the Year (shortlist) : La Belle Sauvage
2001 World Fantasy Award for Best Novel (nominee) : The Amber Spyglass
2001 Locus Award for Best Fantasy Novel (nominee) : The Amber Spyglass
2001 Booker Prize (longlist) : The Amber Spyglass
1998 Locus Award for Best Fantasy Novel (nominee) : The Subtle Knife
1997 Locus Award for Best Fantasy Novel (nominee) : Northern Lights
1995 British Fantasy Award for Best Novel (nominee) : Northern Lights
1989 Edgar Award for Best Young Adult Novel (nominee) : The Shadow in the North


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