Philip Pullman was born in Norwich in 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 eventually moved back to Oxford to become a teacher. He taught at various middle schools 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 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. Philip Pullman has established himself as a multimillion-copy bestselling phenomenon whose work speaks deeply to all ages.
A Book of Dust (Vol 1)
Eleven-year-old Malcolm Polstead and his daemon, Asta, live with his parents at the Trout Inn near Oxford. Across the River Thames (which Malcolm navigates often using his beloved canoe, a boat by the name of La Belle Sauvage) is the Godstow Priory where the nuns live. Malcolm learns they have a guest with them; a baby by the name of Lyra Belacqua . . .
The Butterfly Tattoo
This contemporary novel, first published as The White Mercedes, tells the suspenseful story of a teenage romance with profound moral implications.
Chris Marshall met the girl he was going to kill on a warm night in early June . . .
Working at an Oxford ball, Chris falls in love with Jenny the moment he sets eyes on her. When beautiful, secretive Jenny rushes headlong into his life, it seems fate has brought them together, but fate will also drive them mercilessly apart, as enemies hidden in the shadows send the innocent affair spiralling down a dark road of danger, revenge, and betrayal. Chris is about to discover that his ideals of honesty and trust are more complicated than he thought.
With Northern Lights and its sequels, The Subtle Knife and The Amber Spyglass, Carnegie Medal–winning author Philip Pullman established himself as a multimillion-copy bestselling phenomenon whose work speaks deeply to all ages. This contemporary novel, first published as The White Mercedes, tells the suspenseful story of a teenage romance with profound moral implications.
The Broken Bridge
Ginny, a sixteen-year-old half-Haitian girl living with her father in a small seaside village in Wales. She’s becoming a brilliant artist, just like her mother, who died when Ginny was a baby. Despite the isolation she sometimes feels, her life is turning out OK, then her social worker cracks open her files and her world falls apart.
Ginny’s father has kept a devastating secret from her all her life. In fact, everything she thought she knew about her family and her identity is a lie and now, to find out who she really is, Ginny must relive the dark tragedies in her past.