Philip Pullman asks fans to help him find lost ballpoint he used to write His Dark Materials

Fans are offering to loan their own pens to the author

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Philip Pullman is appealing to the public in the hopes of finding the ballpoint pen he used to write all three books in his His Dark Materials trilogy.

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The Oxford-based author posted on Twitter, writing that he’d “appreciate a tweet” if anyone recovers the pen.

“Lost: a green leather pen case, containing a Montblanc ballpoint pen and an ordinary pencil,” Pullman wrote.

“I’m particularly attached to the pen, because I wrote His Dark Materials with it. If anyone finds it, I’d appreciate a tweet.”

The tweet, which at the time of writing has been retweeted over 4,000 times, has garnered the attention of fans — many of whom are offering to lend the author their own pens.

However, some Twitter users are a little more cynical about the likelihood of Pullman seeing the pen again — unless it’s on eBay…

The His Dark Materials trilogy forms the basis of the BBC’s upcoming TV adaptation, starring James McCoy, Ruth Wilson and 13-year-old Dafne Keen, who’s set to play Lyra, a gutsy heroine with a talent for lying.

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Fingers crossed Pullman finds his pen! If only he had an alethiometer going spare…