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Philip Pullman

About Philip Pullman

An Interview with Philip Pullman

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Philip Pullman was born in Norwich in 1946. He was brought up in Africa, Australia, London and Wales and went to Oxford University to read English. He is married with four children and now lives in Oxford where he teaches at Westminster College. In 1987, he won the Lancashire Children's Book of the Year Award for The Ruby in the Smoke in which he introduced Sally Lockhart. Since then he has written three more action-packed thrillers featuring this independent Victorian heroine.

“Cracking pace, feisty heroines, all-round excellence.” Times Educational Supplement PLACE AND DATE OF BIRTH:
Norwich; 19 October 1946
FAVOURITE BOOK:
Grimm's Fairy Tales
MOST TREASURED POSSESSION:
A bronze Byzantine ring, given to me by my wife
FAVOURITE SONG:
'Save the Last Dance for Me'
FAVOURITE FILM:
Ask a Policeman (1938)


When did you start writing?

When I was very young! So long ago that I can't remember.

Where do you get your ideas?

I don't have ideas. I try to write without them. If you wait for ideas, you'd never get started. Much better to try to just make it up.

Can you give your top three tips to becoming a successful author?

1. Read!

2. Write every day.

3. Read some more. Think about what you read. Take pride in your craft. Keep working to get better at it.

Favourite memory?

My grandfather telling me stories.

Favourite place in the world and why?

Bed. Because I am extremely, exceptionally, lazy.

What are your hobbies?

Drawing, staring into space, prodding the piano with a listless finger, drifting about, wasting time drinking cappuccino in various cafes.

If you hadn't been a writer, what do you think you would have been?

Well, I was a teacher, many years ago, but I don't think I could have kept it up. Postmen have a healthy sort of life - exercise, out in all weathers, time to think that would do.
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