Clever Dick

I am 11 years old, and so am better qualified to talk about Philip Pullman than Steve Dickinson (Letters, 13 November). Philip Pullman creates a wonderful fantasy world and tells a great adventure story. It's painful to finish a book and have to leave his characters. Everyone in my class has read Northern Lights and loved it. If Steve Dickinson can't understand it, then perhaps he'd better stick to grown-up books.

Gabriella Cohen
London W9

This article first appeared in the 20 November 2000 issue of the New Statesman, The New Statesman Interview - Lord Falconer