Philip Pullman has dedicated most of his life to education, both in middle schools and in college. As a writer, Pullman has published more than twenty books, in a wide variety of genres and for a wide spectrum of readers, from the earliest years in school to adults. Another significant body of work lies in Pullman’s series of fairy tales, both retellings and original illustrated texts for younger readers.
Philip Pullman came to international prominence in 1995 with the publication of the first part of his trilogy His Dark Materials, inspired by Milton’s Paradise Lost. The profound questions raised by Pullman’s argument in these novels raised the possibility of a ‘crossover’ literature equally accessible and accessed by child and adult. The subject matter of his novels for children and young people includes philosophical issues of humanity and mortality, good and evil, innocence and experience.
Among his awards and distinctions, in 2001 he won the Whitbread Book of the Year Award – the first time that it was given to a children’s book – and in 2005 he received the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award.