The Golden Compass

Critical reception


Pullman won both the annual Carnegie Medal for British children's books[4] and the annual Guardian Children's Fiction Prize for Northern Lights, an award which authors can only win once in their lifetime.[7] Six books have won both awards in 45 years through 2011.[a]

In the US, The Golden Compass was named Booklist Editors Choice – Top of the List, Publishers Weekly Book of the Year, a Horn Book Fanfare Honor Book, and a Bulletin Blue Ribbon Book in 1996.[8]


Some critics have asserted that the trilogy and the movie portray organised churches and religion negatively,[9][10] while others - notably Dr Rowan Williams, formerly Archbishop of Canterbury - have argued that Pullman's works should be included in religious-education courses.[11] Peter Hitchens views the series His Dark Materials as a direct rebuttal of The Chronicles of Narnia by C. S. Lewis.[12] Literary critic Alan Jacobs of Wheaton College in Illinois suggests that Pullman recasts the Narnia series, replacing a theist world-view with a Rousseauist one.[13]

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