Philip Pullman

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Philip Pullman is a prolific English writer, author of novels, short stories, children’s books, comics, plays and nonfiction. He began writing while he was a teacher at Oxford and was working part-time at Westminster College when Northern Lights, the first novel of his trilogy His Dark Materials, was published. The Book of Dust, a companion trilogy to His Dark Materials, was started in 2008, with the first instalment, La Belle Sauvage, published in 2017. He is involved in several campaigns advocating for education, along with book-related and political issues.

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    The Summer Book

    By Tove Jansson

    Recommended by: Philip Pullman & Elizabeth Gilbert
    Publish Date: 1972
    An elderly artist and her six-year-old granddaughter Sophia spend their summer together on a tiny island in the Gulf of Finland. As they explore the nature on the island, they talk about their life and feelings, yet never mentioning the…
  • Pereira Maintains

    By Antonio Tabucchi

    Recommended by: Philip Pullman
    Publish Date: 1994 Awards: 1994 Premio Campiello; 1994 Viareggio Prize; 1994 Premio Scanno
    Set against the backdrop of António Salazar’s dictatorship, the book follows Pereira, a journalist struggling to come to terms with the rise of fascism, the death of his wife, and the child they never had. A chance encounter with a…
  • The Palm-Wine Drinkard

    By Amos Tutuola

    Recommended by: Philip Pullman
    Publish Date: 1952
    The book follows an alcoholic man as he sets off on a journey through the land of the dead in search of his palm-wine tapster. Filled with terrifying supernatural beings and fearsome creatures, the novel draws from traditional Yoruba folktales…