Philip Pullman (3102 words)

Steve Barfield (University of Human Development, Suleymanyia, Iraqi Kurdistan); Katharine Cox; Chris Willis (London Metropolitan University)
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Prizewinning novelist Philip Pullman has won worldwide acclaim for his highly literate, best-selling children's fiction, which appeals equally to adults.

Born in Norwich on the 19th of October 1946, Philip Pullman enjoyed an international childhood with time spent in Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe), England, Australia and Wales. Such travels were a result of his father's, and later his stepfather's, postings in the Royal Air Force. Following the death of his father in service in Africa, Pullman stayed with his grandparents in Norfolk a little way from where his grandfather was the rector of the local church at Drayton. Pullman has repeatedly stressed the influence of this masterful storyteller, referring to his grandfather as “the …

Citation: Barfield, Steve, Katharine Cox, Chris Willis. "Philip Pullman". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 21 March 2002; last revised 25 July 2005. [, accessed 23 June 2021.]

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