Philip Pullman adlad

Författaren och ALMA-pristagaren Philip Pullman har blivit adlad för sin insats inom litteraturen. Detta meddelades strax före nyår då den brittiska drottningen traditionsenligt delade ut sina årliga hedersutmärkelser.

Den 72-årige författaren, mest känd för sin fantasytrilogi Den mörka materian, kan alltså numera titulera sig sir. I en intervju med BBC säger Philip Pullman att han först trodde brevet från drottningen var en räkning.

På sin hemsida kommenterar Philip Pullman utmärkelsen så här:

"I was very surprised and honoured to be offered a knighthood. I believe the profession of letters should be recognised as having a proper place in the life of the nation, along with science, and sport, and music, and scholarship, and many other human activities. Many people I admire, such as Quentin Blake, Ellen MacArthur, Chris Hoy, Jacqueline Wilson, Nicholas Hytner, Jocelyn Bell Burnell, Bryn Terfel, Ray Davies, Mary Beard — far too many to list — have been happy to accept a knighthood or damehood, and I am proud to be in their company.

I’m immensely grateful to those who have worked so hard over many years to edit, publish, illustrate, and sell my books, and to the Society of Authors, which does so much for the profession of authorship. I’m most grateful of all to those who continue to read my books, and I hope they don’t have to work as hard as those who edit them."

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