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The Book of Dust

The Book of Dust

Volume 1

by Philip Pullman

Paperback / softback Publication Date: 19/10/2017

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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.

“The first thing to say is that Lyra is at the centre of the story. Events involving her open the first chapter, and will close the last. I’ve always wanted to tell the story of how Lyra came to be living at Jordan College and, in thinking about it, I discovered a long story that began when she was a baby and will end when she’s grown up. This volume and the next will cover two parts of Lyra’s life: starting at the beginning of her story and returning to her 20 years later.

“So, second: is it a prequel? Is it a sequel? It’s neither. In fact, The Book of Dust is… an ‘equel’. It doesn’t stand before or after His Dark Materials, but beside it. It’s a different story, but there are settings that readers of His Dark Materials will recognise, and characters they’ve met before. Also, of course, there are some characters who are new to us, including an ordinary boy (a boy we have seen in an earlier part of Lyra’s story, if we were paying attention) who, with Lyra, is caught up in a terrifying adventure that takes him into a new world.

“Third: why return to Lyra’s world? Dust. Questions about that mysterious and troubling substance were already causing strife 10 years before His Dark Materials, and at the centre of The Book of Dust is the struggle between a despotic and totalitarian organisation, which wants to stifle speculation and enquiry, and those who believe thought and speech should be free. The idea of Dust suffused His Dark Materials. Little by little through that story the idea of what Dust was became clearer and clearer, but I always wanted to return to it and discover more.” – Phillip Pullman

ISBN:
9780857561084
Category:
General fiction (Children's / Teenage)
Format:
Paperback / softback
Publication Date:
19-10-2017
Language:
English
Series:
Book of Dust Ser.
Publisher:
Bantam Children
Country of origin:
United Kingdom
Dimensions (mm):
234x153mm
Philip Pullman

Philip Pullman is one of the most highly acclaimed children's authors of the decade. He has been on the shortlist of just about every major children's book award in the last few years, and has won the Smarties Prize (Gold Award, 9-11 age category) for The Firework-Maker's Daughter and the prestigious Carnegie Medal for Northern Lights. He was the first children's author ever to win the Whitbread Prize for his novel The Amber Spyglass. A film of Northern Lights (The Golden Compass) was made in 2008 by New Line Cinema. He lives in Oxford.

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