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Philip Pullman Wins “Carnegie of Carnegies”

Philip Pullman has won the “Carnegie of Carnegies” with Northern Lights, the first book from his Dark Materials trilogy.

Northern Lights was the Carnegie winner of 1995. Winning the “Carnegie of Carnegies” means that it has emerged tops in the Carnegie medal’s 70-year history.

This is after going through an annual selection process which begins with the UK librarians nominating titles for the longlist, then picked as top 10 by a special panel of children’s literature experts, then finally going through online polling to determine the “all-time” winner.

Northern Lights won 40% of the total votes, and also received the highest number of votes from overseas (a total of 36% from North America, Europe, Asia and Australia combined), demonstrating its international appeal – Pullman’s books have been translated into 37 languages and sold over 12m copies worldwide.

Pullman said that he was “humbled and honoured” by his win and “it is without any question the most important honour [he has] ever received, and the one [he] treasure[s] the most.”

Northern Lights has also been adapted as an acclaimed stage play at the National Theatre. A feature film under the US title, The Golden Compass, is due to be released later this year.

In case you’re wondering, these were the 10 CILIP Carnegie Medal Winners in contention:

Skellig, David Almond (1998)
Junk, Melvin Burgess (1996)
Storm, Kevin Crossley-Holland (1985)
A Gathering Light, Jennifer Donnelly (2003)
The Owl Service, Alan Garner (1967)
The Family From One End Street, Eve Garnet (1937)
The Borrowers, Mary Norton (1952)
Tom’s Midnight Garden, Philippa Pearce (1958)
Northern Lights, Philip Pullman (1995)


The Dark Materials trilogy are a few of my favourite books of all time, and within the trilogy itself, Northern Lights is the one I love most. I’m happy.

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Sunday, 15 July 2007 - Posted by | Literature, News

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