Philip Pullman wins the Carnegie of Carnegie 70th anniversary for the brilliant first instalment of the His Dark Materials trilogy:
Northern Lights (known as The Golden Compass in the US) is perhaps one of the most enjoyable fantasy books out there you can read. Unfortunately, I can't say the same for the sequels, The Subtle Knife and The Amber Spyglass, which I didn't enjoy as much.
The opening book of His Dark Materials, Philip Pullman's epic trilogy of wonder and love, won the supreme accolade in its field last night. Northern Lights was declared the finest children's book of the past 70 years, handsomely topping a readers' poll as the best winner of the annual Carnegie medal published in that time.