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A rich, imaginative, vividly characterised rite-of-passage tale - Nicolette Jones, The Sunday Times   

 

Fans of His Dark Materials will find themselves joyfully immersed in a familiar world . . . 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 (Independent)   

 

No one else writes like Pullman . . . entirely worth the 17-year wait (Imogen Russell Williams, Metro)   

 

A rich, imaginative, vividly characterised rite-of-passage tale (Nicolette Jones, The Sunday Times)   

 

An utter joy . . . generous, frightening, thrilling, clever and ingenious (Scotsman)   

 

High-octane adventure accompanies ingenious plotting (The Times)   

 

A thrilling page-turner (Daily Express)    

 

WINNER- AUTHOR OF THE YEAR, BRITISH BOOK AWARDS    

 

A coming of age story like no other . . .    Philip Pullman's magnificent bestseller is now in paperback, with new additional illustrations.    

 

Malcolm Polstead's Oxford life has been one of routine, ordinary even.    

 

He is happiest playing with his daemon, Asta, in their canoe, La Belle Sauvage. But now as the rain builds, the world around Malcolm and Asta it seems is set to become increasingly far from ordinary.   

 

Finding himself linked to a baby by the name of Lyra Belacqua, Malcolm is forced to undertake the challenge of his life and to make a dangerous journey that will change him and Lyra for ever . . .  

About the Author

Philip Pullman was born in Norwich on 19th October 1946. The early part of his life was spent travelling all over the world, because his father and then his stepfather were both in the Royal Air Force. He spent part of his childhood in Australia, where he first met the wonders of comics, and grew to love Superman and Batman in particular. From the age of 11, he lived in North Wales, having moved back to Britain. It was a time when children were allowed to roam anywhere, to play in the streets, to wander over the hills, and he took full advantage of it. His English teacher, Miss Enid Jones, was a big influence on him, and he still sends her copies of his books.   

 

After he left school he went to Exeter College, Oxford, to read English. He did a number of odd jobs for a while, and then moved back to Oxford to become a teacher. He taught at various middle schools for twelve years, and then moved to Westminster College, Oxford, to be a part-time lecturer. He taught courses on the Victorian novel and on the folk tale, and also a course examining how words and pictures fit together. He eventually left teaching in order to write full-time.   

 

His first published novel was for adults, but he began writing for children when he was a teacher. Some of his novels were based on plays he wrote for his school pupils, such as The Ruby In The Smoke. He is best known for the award winning His Dark Materials series, consisting of Northern Lights, The Subtle Knife and The Amber Spyglass.

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