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Pullman blasts planned book ratings

Pullman blasts planned book ratings

LONDON, June 4 (UPI) -- Author Philip Pullman is protesting plans to place age-related ratings on children's books in England.

'Materials' writer creating comic strip

LONDON, May 11 (UPI) -- British author Philip Pullman, who sparked a controversy with the "His Dark Materials" trilogy, says he is working on a new comic strip.

Catholic schools get 'Compass' back

CALGARY, Alberta, Jan. 24 (UPI) -- Copies of the controversial novel "The Golden Compass" have been returned to the library shelves of Calgary Catholic schools after a brief ban, a report said.

'Compass' passes $300M mark at box office

NEW YORK, Jan. 15 (UPI) -- "The Golden Compass," starring Australian actress Nicole Kidman and British actor Daniel Craig, has passed the $300 million mark at the worldwide box office.

Ex-church officials decry blasphemy laws

LONDON, Jan. 8 (UPI) -- The former archbishop of Canterbury and the former bishop of Oxford have expressed support for a measure that would abolish Britain's blasphemy laws.

'Golden Compass' points to No. 1

LOS ANGELES, Dec. 9 (UPI) -- The controversial fantasy adventure film "The Golden Compass" debuted at No. 1 in U.S. theaters this weekend.

'The Golden Compass' debate goes on

LOS ANGELES, Dec. 1 (UPI) -- U.S. Catholic advocacy groups warn of the "deceitful stealth campaign" of atheism in the film "The Golden Compass," as Britons welcome the debate.

Pullman addresses Catholic controversy

NEW YORK, Nov. 26 (UPI) -- British author Philip Pullman is an atheist, but denies a religious group's claims he is trying to recruit children to adopt his beliefs through his books.

Ringo, Paul to appear at Liverpool events

LIVERPOOL, England, Sept. 27 (UPI) -- Former Beatles Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr have signed on to perform, separately, in Liverpool, England, as part of the city's Capital of Culture programs.

Pullman supports 'Butterfly' adaptation

OXFORD, England, Sept. 4 (UPI) -- British author Philip Pullman has thrown his support behind the Dutch company making an independent film based on his novel, "The Butterfly Tattoo."

British author comes out against 'Narnia'

LONDON, Oct. 16 (UPI) -- British fantasy author Philip Pullman says Disney's latest film based on C.S. Lewis' "The Chronicles of Narnia" is bad for children.

Movie downplays anti-religious themes

HOLLYWOOD, Dec. 8 (UPI) -- The Hollywood adaptation of "His Dark Materials" will play down anti-religious themes to avoid angering the Christian right, the Times of London said.
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Philip Pullman
British author Philip Pullman attends the world premiere of "The Golden Compass" at Odeon, Leicester Square in London on November 27, 2007. (UPI Photo/Rune Hellestad)

Philip Pullman CBE, FRSL (born 19 October 1946) is an English writer from Norwich. He is the best-selling author of several books, most notably his trilogy of fantasy novels, His Dark Materials, and his fictional biography of Jesus, The Good Man Jesus and the Scoundrel Christ. The first of His Dark Materials has been turned into the film The Golden Compass and the first two books from his Sally Lockhart series have been adapted for television.

In 2008, The Times named Pullman in its list of "The 50 greatest British writers since 1945".

Philip Pullman was born in Norwich, England, the son of Audrey Evelyn (née Merrifield) and Royal Air Force pilot Alfred Outram Pullman. The family travelled with his father's job, including to Southern Rhodesia where he spent time at school.

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