Why Our Staff Love La Belle Sauvage:
If there was ever a character that deserved an origin story, that would be Lyra Belacqua of Philip Pullman’s groundbreaking His Dark Materials trilogy. Thankfully Pullman saw fit to give us one, because La Belle Sauvage is both the perfect start to that incredible series and a stunning book in its own right.
Taking place ten years before the events of Northern Lights and telling the story of how exactly Lyra ended up in Jordan College, La Belle Sauvage is Pullman’s magnificent return to the world of Dust and dæmons, and it sings with the same intrigue and wonder that the original trilogy inspired.
If you’ve loved the original books and want to introduce your kids to this incredible narrative world, look no further than La Belle Sauvage. Or read it yourself and be astounded all over again...
Philip Pullman returns to the world of His Dark Materials with this magnificent first volume of The Book of Dust. 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 . . .