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Philip Pullman
Philip Pullman signing a copy of Lyra's Oxford
BornOctober 19, 1946 (1946-10-19) (age 73)
Norwich, Norfolk, England


Philip Pullman (born Norwich, England, 19 October 1946) is an English writer. He is the best-selling author of His Dark Materials, a trilogy of fantasy novels, and a number of other books. In 2008, The Times named Pullman in its list of "The 50 greatest British writers since 1945".[1]

Perspective on religion

Pullman is a supporter of the British Humanist Association and an Honorary Associate of the National Secular Society. New Yorker journalist Laura Miller has described Pullman as one of England's most outspoken atheists,[2] although Pullman describes himself as an agnostic.[3]

On 15 September 2010, Pullman along with 54 other public figures signed an open letter, published in The Guardian newspaper, stating their opposition to Pope Benedict XVI being given "the honour of a state visit" to the UK, arguing that he has led and condoned global abuses of human rights. The letter says "The state of which the pope is head has also resisted signing many major human rights treaties and has formed its own treaties ("concordats") with many states which negatively affect the human rights of citizens of those states". Co-signees included Stephen Fry, Professor Richard Dawkins, Terry Pratchett, Jonathan Miller and Ken Follet.[4]


Non-series books

The New-Cut Gang

Sally Lockhart

His Dark Materials

Companion books




  1. The 50 greatest British writers since 1945. 5 January 2008. The Times. Retrieved on 2010-02-05.
  2. Miller, Laura. "'Far From Narnia'" (Life and Letters article). The New Yorker. Retrieved 2007-10-31.
  3. Williams, Andrew Zak (25 July, 2011). "Faith no more". New Statesman. Retrieved 28 July, 2011.
  4. "The Guardian: Harsh judgments on the pope and religion". London: The Guardian. 15 September 2010. Retrieved 16 September 2010.