Philip  Pullman

Philip Pullman | First Editions

1946

Philip Pullman CBE, FRSL (born 19 October 1946) is the author of several best-selling books, most notably the award-winning fantasy trilogy His Dark Materials and the fictionalised biography of Jesus, The Good Man Jesus and the Scoundrel Christ. In 2008, The Times named Pullman one of the "50 greatest British writers since 1945", alongside writers such as George Orwell, Roald Dahl, and Ian Fleming.

In addition to a highly successful literary career, Pullman has been a vocal campaigner against the age and gender labelling of children's books. In 2008, Pullman led a movement opposing the introduction of age bands on the covers of children’s books. More than 1,200 authors, booksellers, illustrators, librarians and teachers joined the campaign. Pullman’s own publisher, Scholastic, agreed to his request not to put the age bands on his book covers. 6 years later, Pullman publicly supported the "Let Books Be Books" campaign, which opposed children’s books from being labelled as ‘for girls’ or ‘for boys’. He was praised for his statement, "No publisher should announce on the cover of any book the sort of readers the book would prefer. Let the readers decide for themselves".

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