A Grenfell Tower Victim will forever be immortalized in the pages the new book by Philip Pullman, and it’s truly heartwarming.
Best-selling author Philip Pullman offered the chance for members of the public to name a new character for his book as a lot in the Authors For Grenfell Tower Auction, which aimed to raise money for the victims and families of the Grenfell Tower fire on 14 June 2017, which killed 79 people and injured over 70. There also reportedly 61 people still missing.
One of the victims of the fire was Nur Huda El-Wahab, an ex-student of teacher James Clements. After hearing the news of her death, Clements offered a bid of £1,500 to name Pullman’s new character after her. Since the original bid, 448 members of the public have added to his bid to secure her name – resulting in an incredible final bid of £32,400.
Since winning the bid, James has broached his amazement on Twitter.
Well, that escalated quickly. It wasn’t quite what I was expecting when I sat down and, on a whim, made a speculative bid on Sunday night.
He then continued,
A huge thanks to everyone who has championed, shared or contributed to our team total.
He also shared his appreciation for the His Dark Materials writer, and for ‘offering such a wonderful prize and being such a gentleman throughout.’
Pullman’s new character, Nur Huda El-Wahab will star in his second novel from his Book of Dust series which will be released next year. Pullman has yet to confirm what part she will play in the series, and hasn’t yet decided whether she would be ‘good, bad, beautiful or otherwise’ but that it would be ‘a speaking role with a part to play in the plot.’
We love this, and we will definitely be buying this book to further help the victims of this terrible tragedy.