Philip Pullman

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Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint and  Emma Watson in  a scene from the first Harry Potter movie, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. Photograph: Reuters/Warner Bros

In 1985, following riots in Brixton and Tottenham in London, the publishing house Collins decided that one novel on its forthcoming schedule was just (...)

Comedian Alison Spittle.

Richie Sadlier Sports pundit, psychotherapist and former professional footballer Richie Sadlier’s book is raw without ever being miserable(...)

His Dark Materials: Ruth Wilson as Mrs Coulter and her golden monkey

Credit sequences are so crafty and tasteful these days - all subdued colours, abstract shapes and arcane symbols. His Dark Materials (BBC1, Sunday) be(...)

Dafne Keen as the headstrong, rebellious, adored Lyra Belacqua

There’s something immediately familiar about Lyra Belacqua, the young hero of Philip Pullman’s trilogy of novels, His Dark Materials (BBC One, Sunday,(...)

The Accident: Eiry Thomas, Sarah Lancashire and Joanna Scanlan in Jack Thorne’s new drama

Halfway through chatting with Jack Thorne in homely lounge in a London hotel, he looks behind me and addresses a passerby. “Hello. I was just talking(...)

British author Philip Pullman:  ‘I don’t think anyone could have predicted the ruin, the decay, the distress, the chaos, this most terrible and appalling mess.’ Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP/Getty Images

When Philip Pullman began conceiving of the book that would become the first instalment of the His Dark Materials trilogy, he wasn’t thinking of it as(...)

Stephen Fry: the actor called Mr Johnson’s decision a ‘coup d’etat’. Photograph: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire

Celebrities were quick to vent their frustration on Twitter after the British prime minister, Boris Johnson, yesterday announced his plans to suspend (...)

Philip Pullman: his next book, The Secret Commonwealth, is set seven years after the end of The Amber Spyglass, the concluding part of the His Dark Materials trilogy. Photograph: Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP/Getty

Seven years after readers last saw Lyra Silvertongue, sitting on a bench in Oxford’s Botanic Garden, Philip Pullman’s most beloved heroine is set to r(...)

Colin Walsh won last year’s Francis McManus short story prize but says that if you look at the economics of writing, it doesn’t really bode well.

Franz Kafka lived in obscurity and died of the starvation caused by his tuberculosis. William Blake is buried in an unmarked pauper’s grave. Patrick K(...)

Chris Connolly: won the Tom-Gallon Trust prize of £1,000 (€1,121) for his short story, The Speed of Light and How it Cannot Help Us

There can’t be a writer alive who doesn’t appreciate a monetary prize, no matter how famous or established they are. Everything helps. Literary prizes(...)

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