About the Author

In 2001 as I read His Dark Materials for the first time, I thought, someone needs to write an encyclopedic guide to this trilogy, and so I began.

Four closely related books followed. First, The Elements of Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials (Fell, 2006), now out of print, and then in the UK a paperback exclusive for the bookseller Waterstone’s (2007), followed by The Definitive Guide: Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials (2008) and now, The Definitive Guide: Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials: The Original Trilogy. These last three are not licensed for the US.

There will not be a US edition. The thought of searching for an agent and sending queries is grueling. If a publisher wants to come to me, I am amenable. Otherwise, I am done with all that.

In this blog, I return to the trilogy, but in a new way, writing briefly of bits of interest to me.

I’m trying to avoid spoilers, so I will arrange my entries by chapter, focusing on details, not plot or characters.

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