PHILIP PULLMAN Biography - Writers


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Philip Pullman was born in Norwich on 19th October 1946. The early part of his       
life was spent travelling all over the world, because his father and then his       
stepfather were both in the Royal Air Force. He spent part of his childhood in       
Australia, where he first met the wonders of comics, and grew to love Superman       
and Batman in particular.                                                           
After he left school he went to Exeter College, Oxford, to read English. He did     
a number of odd jobs for a while, and then moved back to Oxford to become a         
teacher. He taught at various middle schools for twelve years, and then moved to     
Westminster College, Oxford, to be a part-time lecturer. He taught courses on       
the Victorian novel and on the folk tale, and also a course examining how words     
and pictures fit together. He eventually left teaching in order to write full-time. 
Philip lives in Oxford, and he writes in a shed at the bottom of his garden. The     
shed contains two comfortable chairs (one for writing in, one for sitting at the     
computer in), several hundred books, a six-foot-long stuffed rat which took a       
part in his play Sherlock Holmes and the Limehouse Horror, a guitar, a saxophone,   
as well as the computer, decorated with dozens of brightly coloured artificial       
flowers attached to it by Blu-Tack. ~ from Philip Pullman's publisher