Philip Pullman
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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, 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 did a number of odd jobs for a while, and then moved back to Oxford to become a teacher. He taught at various middle schools for twelve years, 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 in order 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.

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    • Northern Lights: His Dark Materials Trilogy, Book 1

    • By: Philip Pullman
    • Narrated by: Philip Pullman
    • Length: 10 hrs and 45 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 7,372
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 6,131
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 6,132

    Set in a parallel world, Northern Lights tells the story of 12-year-old Lyra's quest to rescue her friend and find her father, aided by her daemon, an armoured bear, and a witch-queen....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • BRILLIANT, BRILLIANT BRILLIANT

    • By Clair on 16-10-07

    Regular price: £19.69

    • La Belle Sauvage

    • The Book of Dust, Volume One
    • By: Philip Pullman
    • Narrated by: Michael Sheen
    • Length: 13 hrs and 14 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 6,828
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 6,382
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 6,374

    Philip Pullman returns to the world of His Dark Materials with this magnificent new novel, set 10 years before Northern Lights and featuring his much-loved character Lyra Belacqua....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Gripping Story, Great Narrator

    • By Lorenzo on 21-10-17

    Regular price: £25.99

    • The Amber Spyglass: His Dark Materials Trilogy, Book 3

    • By: Philip Pullman
    • Narrated by: Philip Pullman, cast
    • Length: 14 hrs and 52 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3,635
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 2,893
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,888

    In The Amber Spyglass, the third and final instalment in His Dark Materials...the war between good and evil reaches a shattering conclusion...

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Mr Pullman Please Write Book 4!

    • By Paula on 30-01-08

    Regular price: £19.69

    • The Subtle Knife: His Dark Materials Trilogy, Book 2

    • By: Philip Pullman
    • Narrated by: Philip Pullman, cast
    • Length: 8 hrs and 54 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 4,314
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3,516
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3,515

    The thrilling second book in Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials trilogy...

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Great book... but why the changes?

    • By Kirsty on 06-01-08

    Regular price: £17.19

    • The Secret Commonwealth

    • The Book of Dust, Volume Two
    • By: Philip Pullman
    • Length: Not Yet Known
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      0 out of 5 stars 0
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      0 out of 5 stars 0
    • Story
      0 out of 5 stars 0

    The second volume of Sir Philip Pullman’s The Book of Dust sees Lyra, now 20 years old, and her daemon Pantalaimon.... 

    Regular price: £31.99

    • The Ruby in the Smoke

    • By: Philip Pullman
    • Narrated by: Anton Lesser
    • Length: 6 hrs and 33 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,059
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 1,832
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,824

    When 16-year old Sally's father drowns in suspicious circumstances, she is left to fend for herself in Victorian London. Although she doesn't know it, she is already in terrible danger....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A layered and satisfying listen

    • By Barry on 08-09-16

    Regular price: £14.69

    • The Tiger in the Well

    • By: Philip Pullman
    • Narrated by: Anton Lesser
    • Length: 13 hrs and 19 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,159
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 994
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 991

    Sally is 25, and somebody wants to destroy her. She receives divorce papers from a man she has never met, let alone married....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Outstanding narration

    • By Busy bee on 02-01-17

    Regular price: £19.69

    • Once Upon a Time in the North

    • By: Philip Pullman
    • Narrated by: Full Cast, Philip Pullman
    • Length: 2 hrs and 16 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 465
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 390
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 389

    This is the mesmerising story of the very first meeting of those two legends and friends, Lee Scoresby, the Texan balloonist, and Iorek Byrnison, the armoured bear....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Enjoyable story and great narration

    • By Rosie and Duncan on 08-11-11

    Regular price: £12.00

    • The Shadow in the North

    • By: Philip Pullman
    • Narrated by: Anton Lesser
    • Length: 9 hrs and 3 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,588
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 1,393
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,391

    An elderly lady loses her money on an investment; a conjuror is pursued by thugs; and a clairvoyant mentions the name of the richest man in Europe and his mysterious company....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Brilliant

    • By mollyeyre on 04-03-18

    Regular price: £18.49

    • The Subtle Knife (Dramatised)

    • By: Philip Pullman
    • Narrated by: full cast
    • Length: 2 hrs and 26 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 120
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 82
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 84

    The award-winning His Dark Materials trilogy is a breathtaking epic adventure spanning a multitude of worlds....

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • not the real book

    • By Mr on 13-10-15

    Regular price: £12.00

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