La Belle Sauvage: The Book of Dust Volume One

La Belle Sauvage: The Book of Dust Volume One: From the world of Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials - now a major BBC series

Children's, Teenage & Young Adult
Hardback Published on: 19/10/2017
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La Belle Sauvage: The Book of Dust Volume One
Well worth the wait.
It's hard to review a book which is connected to such an outstanding and much beloved series as 'His Dark Materials' but I feel that once again Philip Pull... READ MORE
Penelope Bullock at Lancaster
La Belle Sauvage: The Book of Dust Volume One
A worthy equel to His Dark Materials
His Dark Materials is my all-time favourite series of books so I was incredibly excited when news of La Belle Sauvage surfaced. It's testament to Pullman's... READ MORE
Joe at Doncaster
La Belle Sauvage: The Book of Dust Volume One
An Altogether Darker Direction
Having loved His Dark Materials, I was thrilled at the announcement of a new trilogy from the same unique world. I warmed to the new protagonists straight ... READ MORE
Kate at Preston
La Belle Sauvage: The Book of Dust Volume One
Absolutely fantastic!
It’s always going to be a challenge to return to a world that bewitched readers two decades ago and deliver something that resonates with the same tour de ... READ MORE
Emma Prince at Portsmouth

Synopsis

Shortisted for the YA Book Prize 2018

Winner of the Waterstones Book of the Year 2017

“This is a winner that is going to bring a lot of pleasure to an ever-widening audience,” declared Waterstones Managing Director James Daunt, “and we could not be more pleased to play our part in its success.”

Think what is at stake. The right we have to speak and think freely… all that would be destroyed. That is worth fighting for, don’t you agree?

Set in the world so masterfully established by Philip Pullman in his trilogy His Dark Materials, La Belle Sauvage is a story of survival, where two children, with everything at stake, find themselves pursued by a terrifying evil. In their care is a tiny child, and in that child lies the fate of the future.

Eleven-year-old Malcolm Polstead and his dæmon, Asta, live with his parents at the Trout Inn near Oxford, on the banks of the River Thames which Malcolm navigates using his beloved canoe, a boat by the name of La Belle Sauvage.

Across the River is the Godstow Priory where the nuns live in quiet seclusion. But Oxford’s peace is about to be shattered.

When Malcolm learns the nuns have an unusual guest with them, a baby by the name of Lyra Belacqua, he finds himself drawn into a dangerous world of secrets, intrigue and vengeance. A world where powerful agents compete for mastery of the elements that shape Malcolm’s world; above all, Dust - salvation to some, the source of infinite evil to others.

And all the while an ancient, slumbering world is awakening. Slowly but surely, the waters are rising…

Seventeen years after Philip Pullman’s third volume of His Dark Materials trilogy sealed the door on Dust, daemons, witches and armoured bears, a tantalising new beginning now lies open. A brand new chapter, as enthralling for fledgling Pullman readers as for ardent fans.

The Lord of Dust, creator of daemons and spinner of the finest fairy tales, Philip Pullman is one of the world’s greatest and most influential storytellers. His wide-ranging body of work encompasses books for both adults and children. Find out more about Philip Pullman, The Book of Dust and His Dark Materials on our Philip Pullman page.

  • Publisher: Random House Children's Publishers UK
  • ISBN: 9780385604413
  • Number of pages: 560
  • Weight: 866g
  • Dimensions: 240 x 162 x 46 mm

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La Belle Sauvage: The Book of Dust Volume One
Great read even for Philipp Pullman's fans!
The series 'His Dark Materials' has always been a personal favourite and when I learned that Philipp Pullman would write a new book in the same universe, I... READ MORE
Judith Bellemare
La Belle Sauvage: The Book of Dust Volume One
Along awaited Prequel to his Dark Materials Trilogy
Phillip Pullman has long met my ideals as a master of brilliant story telling, especially with his Dark Materials Trilogy series. I now look forward to rea... READ MORE
George
La Belle Sauvage: The Book of Dust Volume One
More please
Loved this book, next one please.
patricia kerrigan
La Belle Sauvage: The Book of Dust Volume One
Unputdownable
I pre-ordered this book because I loved His Dark Materials so much, I couldn't wait for another one. It did not disappoint. It is rare these days for me ... READ MORE
caroline smith
La Belle Sauvage: The Book of Dust Volume One
La belle livre, with reservations
Where to start? A problem I found reviewing and the author may have faced writing this book. Confronted with this book without having already read and enj... READ MORE
Stiubhart
La Belle Sauvage: The Book of Dust Volume One
A Master storyteller.
Philip Pullman has done it again with resounding success. I read the first trilogy many years ago and have to admit I was a little lost as to what was goin... READ MORE
Mattie
La Belle Sauvage: The Book of Dust Volume One
La Belle Sauvage - a belle read
There may have been an interval of 20 odd years, but Philip Pullman’s part real, part fictional Oxford & the struggle between his heroes and heroines and r... READ MORE
Simon Ray
La Belle Sauvage: The Book of Dust Volume One
A Fantastic Journey and A Character to Love
I remember the first time I picked up Philip Pullman’s The Golden Compass. I was nine and staring at the shelves in my school library trying to figure out ... READ MORE
Aditi Nichani
La Belle Sauvage: The Book of Dust Volume One
The Book of Dust
A long awaited book, coming up to all my expectations. Intriguing, interesting and inventive, sometimes a bit scary but always positive, a splendid read. I... READ MORE
Elizabeth Burgess
La Belle Sauvage: The Book of Dust Volume One
Excellent story
This book is a wonderful addition to Lyra's world. It is an engaging read, I wanted it to last longer!
Rebecca Chandler Bostock
La Belle Sauvage: The Book of Dust Volume One
Present.
Not read it as a Christmas present.
A Mancunian.
La Belle Sauvage: The Book of Dust Volume One
Fantastic
Love this book. Read it so quickly. Can't wait for the next one.
Karen Corvin
La Belle Sauvage: The Book of Dust Volume One
Philip Pullman at his BEST
Excellent read - Pullman at his very best. Such a great Storey teller. Thoroughly enjoyed & was disappointed when I came to the end. Can't wait for the nex... READ MORE
Susanne Becket
La Belle Sauvage: The Book of Dust Volume One
Long wait but worth it
It’s many years since I read The Dark Materials bookss but they were great. So I wasn’t sure how good the new book would be. I need have worried because th... READ MORE
Nigel Wright
La Belle Sauvage: The Book of Dust Volume One
His darker materials…
This prequel to Pullman’s landmark trilogy, delivers with an altogether darker feel. The narrative is immediately familiar, replete with biblical, poetic a... READ MORE
Tim Dumble
La Belle Sauvage: The Book of Dust Volume One
I wonder if.............
I wonder if it mattered never having read a Philip Pullman book before? I read this one, enjoyed, but found towards the ned that I wasn't as interested as ... READ MORE
Keith Allen
La Belle Sauvage: The Book of Dust Volume One
The Book of Dust
Another excellent offering from Philip Pullman and I await the next two volumes with anticipation. This story is really well written and keeps up the pace... READ MORE
Andrew
La Belle Sauvage: The Book of Dust Volume One
Imagination at a stretch, into the unknown
Enjoyed by self and all children, now reaching full maturity, it still like its predecessors manages to be a little kidult. Is the author's 'King Charles' ... READ MORE
David Pinto
La Belle Sauvage: The Book of Dust Volume One
If only there were more that 5 stars...
... I would give this book a stelliferous score! As an avid ‘His Dark Materials’ reader / fan, I couldn’t wait for this book to come out and I wasn’t disap... READ MORE
Helen Dexter
La Belle Sauvage: The Book of Dust Volume One
Go for it
Loved it! Slow start but great to be back in Lyra's world again!
Rebecca Kealy
La Belle Sauvage: The Book of Dust Volume One
Phillip Pulman does not disappoint with his latest novel
On reading the first page I was transported back to the Oxford of Lyra that I so enjoyed in His Dark Materials. Highly enjoyable read and I can't wait for ... READ MORE
Danielle Mercey