Philip Pullman returns to the world of His Dark Materials with this magnificent new novel, set ten years before Northern Lights and featuring his much-loved character, Lyra Belacqua.
Eleven-year-old Malcolm Polstead and his dæmon, Asta, live with his parents at the Trout Inn near Oxford. Across the River Thames (which Malcolm navigates often using his beloved canoe, a boat by the name of La Belle Sauvage) is the Godstow Priory where the nuns live. Malcolm learns they have a guest with them; a baby by the name of Lyra Belacqua . . .
"Pullman is an easeful storyteller and an intricate and inventive world-builder, and everything he has to write is worth reading."
Sam Leith, Telegraph
"Fans of His Dark Materials will find themselves joyfully immersed in a familiar world of daemons, alethiometers, the evil Magisterium, friendly witches and foul night-ghasts, yet also delighted by Pullman's new material; meanwhile, awaiting first-time readers is all the pleasure of commencing their own journey into this most captivating of universes at the very beginning of Lyra's story."
"No one else writes like Pullman . . . terrifying, transporting, exhilarating - and entirely worth the 17-year wait."
Imogen Russell Williams, Metro
"He is a master storyteller . . . Pullman creates a setting so evocative that I actually dreamed I was in it (my dog was my daemon)."
Rosamund Urwin , Evening Standard
Series: Book of Dust
For Ages: 10 - 17 years old
Number Of Pages: 560
Published: 19th October 2017
Publisher: Penguin Random House Children's UK
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.9 x 16.1 x 4.8
Weight (kg): 0.87
Edition Number: 1