Phillip Pullman on Library Closures

The Bolton News

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.

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