Philip Pullman

Knighthood for Philip Pullman

Author and 2005 ALMA-laureate Philip Pullman has been knighted in the British Queen’s New Year Honours list. Congratualtions for this well-deserved recognition of his work for authors and literature!

The 72-year-old author, best known for his fantasy trilogy His Dark Materials, can now now call himself Sir. In an interview with the BBC, Philip Pullman says he first thought that the letter from the Queen was a bill.

Commenting on the announcement, Philip says on his website:

"I was very surprised and honoured to be offered a knighthood. I believe the profession of letters should be recognised as having a proper place in the life of the nation, along with science, and sport, and music, and scholarship, and many other human activities. Many people I admire, such as Quentin Blake, Ellen MacArthur, Chris Hoy, Jacqueline Wilson, Nicholas Hytner, Jocelyn Bell Burnell, Bryn Terfel, Ray Davies, Mary Beard — far too many to list — have been happy to accept a knighthood or damehood, and I am proud to be in their company.

I’m immensely grateful to those who have worked so hard over many years to edit, publish, illustrate, and sell my books, and to the Society of Authors, which does so much for the profession of authorship. I’m most grateful of all to those who continue to read my books, and I hope they don’t have to work as hard as those who edit them."

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