Philip Pullman was born in
Norwich in 1946, and educated in England, Zimbabwe, and Australia, before his family came to live in North Wales. He went
to Ysgol Ardudwy secondary school in Harlech, and then to Exeter College, Oxford, to read English.
He became a teacher
at the age of 25, and taught at various Oxford Middle Schools before moving to Westminster College in 1986, where he spent
eight years involved in teaching students on the B.Ed. course. He is still very interested in education.
He has published
nearly twenty books, mostly of the sort that are read by children.
His first children's
book was Count Karlstein, followed by The Ruby in the Smoke, the first in a quartet of books featuring the young
Victorian adventurer, Sally Lockhart.
He has also written
a number of shorter stories which he calls fairy tales. They include The Firework-Maker's Daughter, I Was a Rat!,
and Clockwork, or All Wound Up.
However, his most well-known work is the trilogy His Dark Materials,
beginning with Northern Lights, continuing with The Subtle Knife, and concluding with The Amber Spyglass.
When he is not writing books Philip Pullman likes to draw and to make things out of wood. He also likes to play the piano.
The Amber Spyglass
Ruby in the Smoke
The Shadow in the North
Tiger in the Well
The Tin Princess
The Butterfly Tattoo
The Gas-Fitter’s Ball
The Firework-Maker’s Daughter
was a Rat
Philip Pullman Website