Philip was born in Norwich in 1946, and grew up in England, Zimbabwe, Australia and Wales. Philip worked as a teacher from the age of 25 for many years and his first children’s novel came out in 1982 - Count Karlstein
Philip has won many awards, including the Carnegie Medal, the Guardian Children’s Book Award, the Smarties Prize, the Astride Lindgren Memorial Award, the Whitbread Book of the Year Award and a CBE.
Philip's most well-known work is the acclaimed fantasy trilogy, His Dark Materials, beginning with Northern Lights in 1995 (of The Golden Compass as it was known in the United States, The Subtle Knife published in 1997 and concluding with The Amber Spyglass in 2000. These books have won Philip a number of different awards. The series has been published in 39 languages, and the first volume was made into a major film.
A new BBC drama series based on His Dark Materials, on which Philip is an executive producer, is currently in production.
Philip returns to the world of His Dark Materials in 2017 with the hotly anticipated 'The Book of Dust'.
Far out at sea, and hidden by the fog of time, sails the Mary Alice and her crew - searching for a way home.
But the mysterious ship is being hunted by a villain who will go to ANY lengths to track her down ...When a storm hits a small family yacht throwing a young girl overboard, John Blake dives in to save her and brings her aboard the so-called ghost ship.
But trying to return her to her own...
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