Given Pullman’s trenchant critique of despotism and totalitarianism, there is no doubt that the forthcoming have seen a spike in sales recently.
As two of the biggest names in children’s fantasy, Pullman and Rowling are also stepping into the political fray.
'In a society with freedom of speech, it’s likely we’re all going to be offended. Argue against it, write to the newspapers saying what offends you. What you can’t do is argue for the book to be banned, the publisher jailed, or the writer killed.’'First, how important school libraries are.
Daemons are the animal alter ego, external soul, and constant companion of each character.
And we still had the Book Of Common Prayer and The King James Bible.'The terrible things they do to young girls are done in the name of religion, but I don’t believe there’s anything in the Koran about genital mutilation.
It’s a cultural thing that’s belonged to their societies for thousands of years.’'They have different origins, but their effect is to give power to a group of men who have an unhealthy interest in other people’s sexuality and say, “You mustn’t do this.” That’s religion prying into places it doesn’t belong. Pullman was recently embroiled in a row over The Hindus: An Alternative History by American scholar Wendy Doniger.
The book upset some fundamentalist Hindu academics, who claimed to be offended by its interpretation of their faith.
They threatened legal action – and Penguin India withdrew the book.