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Philip Pullman takes a stand for public libraries, teases the Book of Dust

Philip Pullman recently delivered a passionate speech at an Oxfordshire library campaigners' meeting against the plans to stop funding nearly half of Oxfordshire 43 libraries. The speech resonated across the web, becoming a "viral sensation".

The speech (full transcript) takes aim at Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government Eric Pickles and leader of the Oxfordshire city council Keith Mitchell, calling their plans of handing over Libraries to volunteers "patronising nonsense" and cutbacks the result of "the greedy ghost of market madness". He closed off saying "Leave the libraries alone. You don’t know the value of what you’re looking after. It is too precious to destroy."

To His Dark Materials devouts the speech is even more interesting because Philip Pullman also hints at the Book of Dust, saying that he is in the process of writing the book and that he used the Central Library to find out where all the rivers and streams in Oxford ran. Hold your horses people, still no release date as of yet, but it definitely renewes hope!

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This is taking to long! He needs to finish it!

# Posted by ArG on 15:31, 29 January 2011

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Ugh, I’m getting fed up with him saying it’s ‘still in process’. I apreciate that it takes a long time to write a book (especially when he’s writing it) but I wish he’d just say nothing until it came to it being released. I’m getting fed up of having my hopes built up and then dashed.

# Posted by Sayuri on 16:35, 31 January 2011

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I don’t even care if they don’t come out quick enough already. I just care if it comes out before I die. :|

# Posted by Neptune on 22:32, 5 February 2011

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