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.
The Oxford-based author posted on Twitter, writing that he’d “appreciate a tweet” if anyone recovers the pen.
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“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.”
Lost: a green leather pen case, containing a Montblanc ballpoint pen and an ordinary pencil. I'm particularly attached to the pen, because I wrote His Dark Materials with it. If anyone finds it, I'd appreciate a tweet.
— Philip Pullman (@PhilipPullman) September 25, 2018
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.
I too have a beautiful Montblanc Pen – a precious, unopened graduation gift, with which I have never achieved what you have. Should you need one, you are welcome to loan/have/share/do whatever you need to do…
— Kate Nunn (@knunn1979) September 26, 2018
You're welcome to my Mont Blanc, complete with leather case, should you require a replacement. I write lyrics with it!
— Marc McDonald (@McDonama) September 26, 2018
However, some Twitter users are a little more cynical about the likelihood of Pullman seeing the pen again — unless it’s on eBay…
Hope the finder returns it. But you should probably check eBay. pic.twitter.com/lClfeeN0wa
— SiriD1981 (@D1981Siri) September 25, 2018
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.
Fingers crossed Pullman finds his pen! If only he had an alethiometer going spare…