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Philip Pullman

Philip Pullman

  • 5 stars across 96 books
Sir Philip Pullman is undoubtedly one of our finest authors. His magical universes, wonderful characters and exciting stories have earned him multiple awards, including the Gold Smarties Award for The Firework Maker’s Daughter, the Carnegie Medal in 1995 for The Northern Lights and the 2001 Whitbread Book of the Year for The Amber Spyglass.
He is best known for the His Dark Materials series, widely recognised as modern classics, having sold millions of copies across the world and been translated into more than 40 languages. Audiences fell in love with Lyra Belacqua and Will Parry’s story all over again with the critically acclaimed BBC drama of the Northern Lights trilogy, which started in 2019. Pullman continued Lyra’s story in the Book of Dust series, starting with La Belle Sauvage.
His other works include the Sally Lockhart Quartet, a series of detective novels for young adults set in Victorian London, and the magical standalone The Firework Maker’s Daughter.

He lives in Oxford, England and was knighted in 2019 for services to literature.
Key Philip Pullman Series: 
His Dark Materials
The Book of Dust
The Sally Lockhart Mysteries

Our favourite Philip Pullman quotes:
“You cannot change who you are, only what you do.” Serafina Pekkala, The Amber Spyglass

"That’s the duty of the old,” said the Librarian, “to be anxious on behalf of the young. And the duty of the young is to scorn the anxiety of the old.” The Librarian to the Master, The Northern Lights
Without stories, we wouldn’t be human beings at all. Philip Pullman
3rd October 2019

His Dark Materials: Northern Lights

THE BOOK BEHIND THE BBC SERIES 'HIS DARK MATERIALS' - now with a TV tie-in cover "Without this child, we sh... MoreHis Dark Materials: Northern Lights

(37 reviews) Review
1st January 2007

The Firework Maker's Daughter

What Lila wants to be more than anything else in the world is . . . a Firework-Maker! But firework-making is not just a... MoreThe Firework Maker's Daughter

(23 reviews) Review
19th October 2017

La Belle Sauvage: The Book of Dust Volume One

Eleven-year-old Malcolm Polstead and his daemon, Asta, live with his parents at the Trout Inn near Oxford. Across the Ri... MoreLa Belle Sauvage: The Book of Dust Volume One

(21 reviews) Review
5th March 2015

The Subtle Knife

NOW A MAJOR, CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED BBC/HBO TV SERIES"What is he? A friend, or an enemy?" "He is a murderer." ... MoreThe Subtle Knife

(17 reviews) Review
4th November 2004


Tick, tock, tick, tock! Some stories are like that. Once you've wend them up, nothing will stop them ... A torm... MoreClockwork

(15 reviews) Review
5th March 2015

The Amber Spyglass

The third volume in Philip Pullman's incredible HIS DARK MATERIALS trilogy. First published in 2000, and acclaimed... MoreThe Amber Spyglass

(10 reviews) Review
4th November 2004

I Was a Rat!

'I WAS A RAT!' So insists Roger. Maybe it's true. But what is he NOW? A terrifying monster rampaging in the sewers? ... MoreI Was a Rat!

(8 reviews) Review
10th December 2008

The Scarecrow and His Servant

Outrageously zany and filled with non-stop surprises, Simon Reade s theatrical adaptation of "The Scarecrow and His Serv... MoreThe Scarecrow and His Servant

(5 reviews) Review
1st January 2015

The Ruby in the Smoke

The first book in Philip Pullman's classic SALLY LOCKHART quartet in a beautiful new edition to celebrate the 30 y... MoreThe Ruby in the Smoke

(5 reviews) Review
2nd April 2007

His Dark Materials

This is Philip Pullman's classic trilogy in one slipcase. Since the first volume was published in 1995, and has now been... MoreHis Dark Materials

(5 reviews) Review
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