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Philip Pullman is an English writer from Norwich. He is the author of several books, most notably his trilogy of fantasy novels, His Dark Materials. He also wrote a fictionalised biography of Jesus, The Good Man Jesus and the Scoundrel Christ.

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Why did the Dust stop flowing away when Lyra and Will realized their love for each other?

In The Amber Spyglass, by Philip Pullman, Lyra and Will realize they love each other, and kiss. Doctor Mary Malone suddenly sees the Dust stop flowing away, and instead it is eddying and swirling ...
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Is Diania real?

In The Book of Dust, the first part and most of the second part have a matter-of-fact style. The "magical" aspects of Pullman's world (dæmons, Dust, talking bears etc) are treated by the characters as ...
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Why does Mrs Coulter’s hair change colour between La Belle Sauvage and His Dark Materials?

My daughter (credit where due) was struck by Mrs Coulter’s hair changing colour between La Belle Sauvage and His Dark Materials – do we know anything about why? In His Dark Materials1, the third ...
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Difference between 'intercision' in Northern Lights and being attacked by a Spectre?

In Northern Lights, children (and the adult nurses) undergo intercision at Bolvangar. Many of the children die, but some like Tony Makarios survive (if only for a time) and adults definitely survive. ...
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Why do Will and Lyra's personalities not change in the world of the dead in Northern Lights without their Daemons?

In The Amber Spyglass, Will and Lyra (& Chevalier Tialys and Lady Salmakia) must leave their Daemons behind when they cross the river into the world of the dead. If Humans in His Dark Materials ...
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What are the differences between the dæmons of adults and children?

What are the differences in adult and child dæmons other than that adult's daemons can't change form. I assume there are other differences because in "The Northern Lights" (Golden Compass in US) it ...
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What passages were removed or changed from the North American version of His Dark Materials?

Wikipedia claims: North American printings of The Amber Spyglass have censored passages describing Lyra's incipient sexuality. Which has made me wonder about any and all changes to the NA version ...
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Can “His Dark Materials” be read objectively? [closed]

I have asked this question on other websites, but I keep getting conflicting answers, so I figured I would ask here. I'm a Christian. I first read the "His Dark Materials" trilogy when I was in 5th ...
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Do the Sally Lockhart Mysteries have to be read in order?

I have read The Ruby in the Smoke, the first book of Pullman's Sally Lockhart Mysteries. Today I found The Tiger in the Well, the third book, in a bargain bin full of fantasy books. I haven't read the ...
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What exactly was the choice Lyra was prophesied to make?

In the His Dark Materials trilogy, the last book spends much of its time going on about the prophesy that Mrs Coulter overheard the witch talking about, regarding the choice Lyra was going to have to ...
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What are the anti-Church messages in the “His Dark Materials” trilogy?

His Dark Materials contains criticisms of a controlling Church and forced removal of free will. Some of the parallels of the Magisterium to controlling hierarchies of cardinals, bishops can't be ...