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La Belle Sauvage : The Book of Dust - Volume 1 - Philip Pullman

La Belle Sauvage

The Book of Dust - Volume 1

Paperback Published: 19th October 2017
ISBN: 9780857561084
Number Of Pages: 560
For Ages: 10+ years old

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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 . . .



Chosen for our book club. One of those I would never have read otherwise but am pleased I did. Very different but once you get used to the daemons it is quite good.

Manly Australia


A treat


Wow, what an amazing story. I loved every minute of it and am now reading it to my children a chapter a night. We discuss what our daemons would be, we talk about how brave the characters are. It's truly a wonderful adventure. Very cleverly written and brings this different world to life.



Great book


Loved the pace of the book and the complexity of the characters. Haven't read Philip Pullman before but will now. Looking forward to the next installment of the "Book of Dust".



Excellent Read


A really interesting book, great prequel to the Book of Dust series.

Penong S.A.


I would buy this product again


I actually brought this as a Christmas present so I haven't read it yet

Melbourne vic


Love those Prequels


The Golden Compass stood on its own merits but this set up the characters and situations. Prequels can sometimes be seen as a money grab. I can't wait for the other 2 books of the trilogy.

Melbourne Australia


Fulfilled all of my nostalgia-led dreams


I first fell in love with Philip Pullman's world as a child. I wanted my own daemon. I wanted to go on swashbuckling adventures with Lyra, ride polar bears and fly with witches. When I heard this book was coming I could hardly contain myself. It delivers on all of my hopes and dreams. Malcolm is a gorgeous character, reminiscent of Lyra but with his own spark. A rollicking story with a few dark twist and turns has me ready and waiting for the next one. I promise you, nostalgia readers, this will not disappoint.



La Belle Sauvage

4.7 7


ISBN: 9780857561084
ISBN-10: 0857561081
Series: Book of Dust Series
Audience: Children
For Ages: 10+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 560
Published: 19th October 2017
Publisher: Penguin Random House Children's UK
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.4  x 4.1
Weight (kg): 0.74

Philip Pullman

About the Author

NOTE: The Northern Lights, part of the His Dark Materials trilogy, is also known as The Golden Compass as published in North America.

I was born in Norwich in 1946, and educated in England, Zimbabwe, and Australia, before my family settled in North Wales. I received my secondary education at the excellent Ysgol Ardudwy, Harlech, and then went to Exeter College, Oxford, to read English, though I never learned to read it very well.

I found my way into the teaching profession at the age of 25, and taught at various Oxford Middle Schools before moving to Westminster College in 1986, where I spent eight years involved in teaching students on the B.Ed. course. I have maintained a passionate interest in education, which leads me occasionally to make foolish and ill-considered remarks alleging that not everything is well in our schools. My main concern is that an over-emphasis on testing and league tables has led to a lack of time and freedom for a true, imaginative and humane engagement with literature.

My views on education are eccentric and unimportant, however. My only real claim to anyone's attention lies in my writing. I've published nearly twenty books, mostly of the sort that are read by children, though I'm happy to say that the natural audience for my work seems to be a mixed one - mixed in age, that is, though the more mixed in every other way as well, the better.

My first children's book was Count Karlstein (1982, republished in 2002). That was followed by The Ruby in the Smoke (1986), the first in a quartet of books featuring the young Victorian adventurer, Sally Lockhart. I did a great deal of research for the background of these stories, and I don't intend to let it lie unused, so there will almost certainly be more of them.

I've also written a number of shorter stories which, for want of a better term, I call fairy tales. They include The Firework-Maker's Daughter, I Was a Rat!, and Clockwork, or All Wound Up. This is a kind of story I find very enjoyable, though immensely difficult to write.

However, my most well-known work is the trilogy His Dark Materials, beginning with Northern Lights ( The Golden Compass in the USA) in 1995, continuing with The Subtle Knife in 1997, and concluding with The Amber Spyglass in 2000. These books have been honoured by several prizes, including the Carnegie Medal, the Guardian Children's Book Award, and (for The Amber Spyglass) the Whitbread Book of the Year Award - the first time in the history of that prize that it was given to a children's book.

I was the 2002 recipient of the Eleanor Farjeon Award for children's literature. At the award ceremony for that prize, which I was very proud to receive, I promised to spend my time in future making fewer speeches and writing more books.

When I'm not writing books I like to draw and to make things out of wood. I also like to play the piano. I'd like to play it well, but I can't, so the rest of the family has to put up with my playing it badly.

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