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La Belle Sauvage (#1 Book of Dust)

Philip Pullman



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Alfred Publishing
19 October 2017
Adventure stories (Children's&YA); Fantasy & magical realism (Children's&YA); Personal & social issues: sexuality & relationships (Children's&YA); Parallel Worlds; Questing & Adventure; Mythological Creatures, People & Places; Steampunk Sci-Fi; Young Adult Science Fiction
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER Philip Pullman returns to the parallel world of His Dark Materials--now an HBO original series starring Dafne Keen, Ruth Wilson, James McAvoy, and Lin-Manuel Miranda--to expand on the story of Lyra, one of fantasy's most indelible heroines (The New York Times Magazine).

Don't miss Volume II of The Book of Dust: The Secret Commonwealth!

Malcolm Polstead and his daemon, Asta, are used to overhearing news and the occasional scandal at the inn run by his family. But during a winter of unceasing rain, Malcolm finds a mysterious object--and finds himself in grave danger. Inside the object is a cryptic message about something called Dust; and it's not long before Malcolm is approached by the spy for whom this message was actually intended. When she asks Malcolm to keep his eyes open, he begins to notice suspicious characters everywhere: the explorer Lord Asriel, clearly on the run; enforcement agents from the Magisterium; a gyptian named Coram with warnings just for Malcolm; and a beautiful woman with an evil monkey for a daemon. All are asking about the same thing: a girl--just a baby--named Lyra.

Lyra is at the center of a storm, and Malcolm will brave any peril, and make shocking sacrifices, to bring her safely through it.

Too few things in our world are worth a seventeen-year wait: The Book of Dust is one of them. --The Washington Post The book is full of wonder. . . . Truly thrilling. --The New York Times People will love the first volume of Philip Pullman's new trilogy with the same helpless vehemence that stole over them when The Golden Compass came out. --Slate
By:   Philip Pullman
Imprint:   Alfred Publishing
Volume:   1
Dimensions:   Height: 236mm,  Width: 163mm,  Spine: 43mm
Weight:   726g
ISBN:   9780375815300
ISBN 10:   0375815309
Series:   Book of Dust
Pages:   464
Publication Date:   19 October 2017
Recommended Age:   From 14 years
Audience:   Young adult ,  Preschool (0-5)
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

PHILIP PULLMAN is one of the most acclaimed writers working today. He is best known for the His Dark Materials trilogy (The Golden Compass, The Subtle Knife, and The Amber Spyglass), which has been named one of the top 100 novels of all time by Newsweek and one of the all-time greatest novels by Entertainment Weekly. He has also won many distinguished prizes, including the Carnegie Medal for The Golden Compass (and the reader-voted Carnegie of Carnegies for the best children's book of the past seventy years); the Whitbread (now Costa) Award for The Amber Spyglass; a Booker Prize long-list nomination (The Amber Spyglass); Parents' Choice Gold Awards (The Subtle Knife and The Amber Spyglass); and the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award, in honor of his body of work. Pullman was knighted for services to literature in the New Year's Honors 2019. Philip Pullman is the author of many other much-lauded novels. Three volumes related to His Dark Materials: Lyra's Oxford, Once Upon a Time in the North, and The Collectors. For younger readers: I Was a Rat!; Count Karlstein; Two Crafty Criminals; Spring-Heeled Jack; and The Scarecrow and His Servant. For older readers: the Sally Lockhart quartet (The Ruby in the Smoke, The Shadow in the North, The Tiger in the Well, and The Tin Princess); The White Mercedes; and The Broken Bridge. Philip Pullman lives in Oxford, England. To learn more, please visit or follow him on facebook at Philip Pullman author, and on Twitter at @PhilipPullman.

Reviews for La Belle Sauvage (#1 Book of Dust)

Reading this novel is like standing in a room in which suddenly all of the windows have blown open at once. --Slate It's a stunning achievement, the universe Pullman has created and continues to build on. --The New York Times A phantasmagoric waterborne odyssey. Mr. Pullman is a supple and formidable writer. --The Wall Street Journal Enthralling, enchanting. The first half reads like a thriller. The story becomes darker, deeper and even more engrossing when a cataclysmic flood overtakes Southern England. Too few things in our world are worth a seventeen year wait: The Book of Dust is one of them. -- The Washington Post Pullman's writing is as deftly brilliant as ever. A triumphant return to the alternate Oxford we love. --Bustle Once again, Pullman's fantasy arrives precisely when it can teach us the most about ourselves, as if it were guided by Dust itself. --Entertainment Weekly High-octane adventure accompanies ingenious plotting. The Times (London) Lyra Silvertongue, Lyra Belacqua, but really just Lyra: one of those characters--Pip, Emma, Lolita--who is on first-name terms with her public. --The New York Times Magazine A rollicking adventure. Delightful. --Mother Jones Thrilling and thought-provoking. --Times Literary Supplement A singularly beguiling work of fantasy. [Pullman is] perhaps the best fantasy writer alive. --The A.V. Club A profoundly compelling foundation for a new trilogy. --Vox This tense, adventure-packed book will satisfy and delight Pullman's fans and leave them eager to see what's yet to come --Publishers Weekly, starred review Magisterial storytelling will sweep readers along; the cast is as vividly drawn as ever; and big themes running beneath the surface invite profound responses and reflection. --Kirkus Reviews, starred review Luminous prose, heady philosophical questions, and a lovable protagonist combine with a gripping plot sure to enchant fans and newcomers alike. --SLJ, starred review Pullman's immense powers of kinesthetic visualization keep the story pulsing on an epic scale. --The Guardian An immersive, creepy, edge-of-your seat adventure. --Shelf Awareness The author of the trilogy His Dark Materials carries on the story of one of literature's most indelible heroines. Lyra Silvertongue, Lyra Belacqua, but really just Lyra: one of those characters--Pip, Emma, Lolita--who is on first-name terms with her public. It will be devoured. --Sophie Elmhirst for The New York Times

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