Author Philip Pullman has said he is “very surprised and honoured” after being awarded a knighthood.
The Oxford-based writer of the His Dark Materials trilogy has been recognised in the New Year Honours for his services to literature.
Pullman, 72, said he was “proud” to be in the company of many people he admired.
Pullman, who studied English at Exeter College, Oxford, is in the middle of writing a new trilogy of novels.
In a statement, he said: “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.
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