One reason I am doing this blog is for fans of His Dark Materials. Ann Giles, who writes the enormously popular young people’s book blog, Bookwitch.wordpress.com. A fan herself, Ann is the mother of one of the guiding forces for the UK fans, Ian Giles, who once devoted many hours to BridgetotheStars.net. She did a profile of me and my books yesterday, A definitive guide to HDM.
Bridge’s French Twitter affiliate, Twitàgazze, is now the best source for Pullmania on that platform.
I first “met” Ann when she wrote in 2007 about my sending a copy of one of the guides to her son to review for bridgetothestars.net, And How Son Eventually Became a Footnote. He supplied me with many of the photos of contemporary Oxford. Check the credits.
Ann’s son is a few years older than mine, as is her daughter. We’ve spent the last 12 years as e-mail pals, and it feels like we have brought our kids up together.
One time when they met Philip at a conference, they snapped this picture for me.