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About the author, Philip Pullman

A photograph of author Philip Pullman.Philip Pullman was born in Norwich on 19th October 1946. The early part of his life was spent travelling all over the world, and he spent part of his childhood in Australia.

From the age of 11, he lived in North Wales, having moved back to Britain. 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 eventually left teaching in order to write full-time. He still lives in Oxford.

Philip Pullman will be the guest on Open Book this Sunday, January 19th.

Find out more about the author and his beliefs by visiting some of these websites:

A Philip Pullman profile:
Read a profile of author Philip Pullman from BBC 7's Big Toe Show website.

Read a profile of author Philip Pullman from the BBC Books website.

Philip Pullman interviewed:
Hear BBC Radio 4's Front Row interview with Philip Pullman.

On the theme of the book:
'The whole idea of innocence and experience, of becoming an adult, having been a child, is the central theme of the book. It's important that Lyra, at the beginning of the story, does have this quality of, well, we can call it innocence in one way.'

Read the full interview BBC Radio 4's Bookclub interview

On inspiration:
'I think the best way to get ideas is just by wandering about in a day dream. Sit on your chair and swing back on it with your mouth open and your eyes closed and eventually ideas will come. And if you can't get any of your own then steal somebody else's!'

Read the full interview on CBBC Newsround

On the responsibility of the storyteller:
'The storyteller also has a responsibility towards language. When it comes to complicated figures of speech the responsibility is not to avoid them - put them in.'

Listen to the full interview on Radio 3's programme Belief, where the author discusses his beliefs with presenter Joan Bakewell

On the Narnia books by C.S.Lewis:
'What I really cannot understand is why they are hailed as great Christian books.. they're not. ..They are profoundly racist, they're misogynistic - he hates girls and women..he hates life.'

Watch the full video interview on the Readers and Writers Roadshow

Read a list of Philip Pullmans' books

Listen to a review of the radio adaptation on Radio 4's Front Row.

Read about the author's music choices on Desert Island Discs

Read a profile of the author on the BBC 7 website.

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