HE has captivated millions of children with his fantasy novels — and now best-selling author Philip Pullman has branded Bolton’s library closures “very sad”.
The 65-year-old — best known for his trilogy of novels His Dark Materials — believes public libraries are vital to help children unlock their imaginations.
Five libraries in Bolton have closed this year — Astley Bridge, Oxford Grove, Heaton, Highfield and Castle Hill — as part of council cuts.
The grandfather-of-four has sold more than 15 million copies of His Dark Materials series, beginning with Northern Lights in 1995 — made into 2007 film The Golden Compass starring Nicole Kidman — followed by The Subtle Knife in 1997 and The Amber Spyglass in 2000.
Mr Pullman said: “It’s dreadfully sad when you hear about libraries closing down.