If you’re going to read children’s books but not to your children

then I’d recommend Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials trilogy.

And in a piece of good news it looks like it doesn’t end there.

The Times says:

he [Pullman] is working on a sequel, which he says will explain his atheist beliefs more clearly.

In an interview with Literary Review, Pullman says thatThe Book of Dust will contain his response to accusations that the previous three books portrayed organised religion as exclusively repressive.

Pullman is quoted saying:

The interesting – the curious – question is, if people can be helped by something that is palpably not true, is this better than denying the thing that is not true and not being helped?


About Andrew Brown

I live in Lewisham, South East London, and spent 9 years as a Labour councillor in the borough between 1997 and 2006.
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2 Responses to If you’re going to read children’s books but not to your children

  1. robert says:

    I have read them and I agree. The funny thing was that as they were becoming very popular, Harry Potter mania was too. The Church was up in arms about books encouraging children to believe in witches and wizards, but I heard nothing about his scathing attack on the Church itself.

    By the way I also saw the play at the National Theatre – an amazing creation!

  2. andrewkbrown says:

    I saw the play as well and thoroughly enjoyed the way they managed to pull the story together without loosing too much of the plot.

    I see there’s going to be a film (or three) as well, and the involvement of Daniel Craig gives me some hope that’ll be good too.

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