Philip Pullman is one of the most acclaimed writers working today. He is best known for the His Dark Materials trilogy (The Golden Compass, The Subtle Knife, The Amber Spyglass), which has been named one of the top 100 novels of all time by Newsweek and one of the all-time greatest novels by Entertainment Weekly. (via Amazon)
Birthplace: Norwich, Norfolk, England, UK
Notable Awards: Carnegie Medal 1995, Guardian Prize 1996, Astrid Lindgren Award
- Pullman’s Obscure elements was a much slower burner than, say, Harry Potter—Northern Lights’ 1998 edition was one of his first books to climb the kids’ top spot, in 2004, nine years later the book was originally released. That version is also Philip’s greatest seller, just a bristle away from one million sold copies.
- The other sole title to earn the Children’s number one is the prequel title Once Upon A Time in the North, which narrates the tale of Lee Scoresby and Iorek Byrnisson’s initial encounter. It bagged 67,764 copies to date.
Notable Characters Created
Aliases: Lyra Belacqua, Lizzie Brooks, Lisa Ransom
Hair: Dark blonde
Eyes: Pale Blue
Family: Marisa Coulter (mother), Lord Asriel (father)
Alias: Marisa van Zee
Family: Edward Coulter (husband), Lyra Silvertongue (daughter)
Dæmon: Marisa Coulter’s dæmon
Aliases: Mark Ransom, The Boy, The Knife Bearer, Will Ivanovitch (by Semyon Borisovitch)
Family: John Parry (father), Elaine Parry (mother), Moxie (pet)