Philip Pullman was born in Norwich, England in 1946 and was educated in England, Zimbabwe, and Australia, before returning to the UK to live in North Wales. He read English at Exeter College, Oxford before becoming a teacher.
His best-known work is the trilogy His Dark Materials, beginning with Northern Lights (The Golden Compass in the USA), The Subtle Knife and The Amber Spyglass. He has also written two related volumes: Lyra’s Oxford and Once Upon a Time in the North and is currently working on The Book of Dust.
The trilogy has won numerous prizes, including the Carnegie Medal and the Guardian Children’s Book Award. The Amber Spyglass won the Whitbread Book of the Year Award, the first time in the history of the prize that it was given to a children’s book. The Golden Compass was adapted as an acclaimed stage play at the National Theatre, London and New Line Cinema released the film worldwide in 2007.
Pullman was the recipient of the Eleanor Farjeon Award for children’s literature in 2002 and in 2005 was honoured with the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award, an international prize for children’s and youth literature awarded by the Swedish Arts Council. In June 2007, Philip Pullman was awarded the "Carnegie of Carnegies" for The Golden Compass, triumphing in a poll to choose book lovers’ favourite winner from the Carnegie medal’s 70-year history.
Philip Pullman lives in Oxford, UK