Northern Lights

Northern Lights

Children's, New & Recommended, Teenage & Young Adult
Paperback Published on: 19/10/2017
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The first volume in Philip Pullman's incredible His Dark Materials trilogy, re-issued with a striking newly-designed cover by Chris Wormell to celebrate the publication of La Belle Sauvage, the first volume in The Book of Dust. Somewhere out there is the origin of all the Dust, all the death, the sin, the misery, the destructiveness of the world. Human beings can’t see anything without wanting to destroy it, Lyra. That’s original sin. And I’m going to destroy it. Death is going to die. It begins with a girl and her daemon The girl is Lyra Belacqua, an orphan who lives in a place like, and yet unlike, Oxford in a parallel universe in which science, theology and magic are entwined. Yet for Lyra, her world is about climbing the rooftops of the Oxford colleges with her friend Roger, enthralling the neighbourhood children with her tales and keeping out of the way of the scholars of Jordan College. Then children start to go missing, snatched mysteriously by a group the children call ‘The Gobblers’. When Roger is taken, Lyra founds herself bound up in a dangerous chase, a daring game of cat-and-mouse that sees her on the run from the highest authorities. It is a hunt that will take her far from Oxford, to high-society London and the home of the mysterious and beautiful Mrs Coulter and beyond, to the home of the witches and the kingdom of the ice bears where the aurora awaits. Here Lyra’s quest for answers becomes a mission to understand a mysterious phenomenon called Dust and there are secrets too, about her own family, about a prophecy, about betrayal and about the universe; secrets that come at a deadly cost. ‘Without stories, we wouldn’t be human beings at all.’ - Philip Pullman ‘As always, Pullman is a master at combining impeccable characterizations and seamless plotting, maintaining a crackling pace to create scene upon scene of almost unbearable tension. This glittering gem will leave readers of all ages eagerly awaiting the next instalment of Lyra’s adventures.’— Publishers Weekly About His Dark Materials: Published by Scholastic between 1995 and 2000, the His Dark Materials trilogy is widely regarded as a modern classic and is probably the series Waterstones’ booksellers most frequently cite as their favourite. Its heroine, Lyra Belacqua, frequently tops polls as an all-time favourite character, appearing in the Top 10 Favourite Heroes on World Book Day 2016. The New Statesman wrote of the trilogy: “Once in a lifetime a children’s author emerges who is so extraordinary that the imagination of generations is altered… The most ambitious work since The Lord of the Rings, [His Dark Materials] is as intellectually thrilling as it is magnificently written.” Individually, the three books of His Dark Materials – Northern Lights, The Subtle Knife and The Amber Spyglass – have won several literary prizes, counting amongst them the Carnegie Medal (1996) and Carnegie of Carnegies (2007) and the Costa Award (2001). The books have been adapted for stage and screen countless times, including Nicholas Wright’s acclaimed 2004 stage adaptation of His Dark Materials, directed by Nicholas Hytner at the National Theatre. His Dark Materials will appear once again in a BBC One adaptation in 2018, adapted by Jack Thorne and produced by Bad Wolf and New Line Cinema. The BBC called the upcoming adaptation “a drama event for young and old - a real family treat that shows [the BBC’s] commitment to original and ambitious storytelling.”

  • Publisher: Scholastic
  • ISBN: 9781407186108
  • Number of pages: 448
  • Weight: 280g
  • Dimensions: 203 x 142 x 29 mm

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Northern Lights
Gripping reading
Although I have seen the film, the book is much more detailed. I could imagine so much more, and having read La Belle Savage, the story continues. I could ... READ MORE
karen-lesley dunmore
Northern Lights
Phillip Pullman Inspires
Pullman's incredible imagination, exciting characters and absorbing narrative translate into a book which can be read across all ages. His poetical referen... READ MORE
Edward Wells
Northern Lights
His Dark Materials The Northern Lights.
I absolutely loved this book, it was a great way to start the trilogy. I have read the 2nd one - the subtle knife but no spoilers here!! This book blew my ... READ MORE
Zoe Richardson
Northern Lights
Awsome series of book that I think a book lover will love. Great story telling and characters and plot and every think. I have seen the series and I loved ... READ MORE
Maxine BLaylock
Northern Lights
As good now as it was then
I have recently read this book for the first time since I was a child. I have always remembered it as one of my very favourite childhood books, and coming ... READ MORE
Northern Lights
Complex and enthralling story for teens and over
I bought this book following reading 'La Belle Sauvage' for my 12 year old son to read through lockdown as he's outgrown Harry Potter and Artemis Fowl. I'... READ MORE
Ruth Woods
Northern Lights
An enjoyable read
Having watched and enjoyed the BBC series, and after a friend said they enjoyed the book, I thought they were good enough reasons to start reading the seri... READ MORE
Aidan H E  Rogers
Northern Lights
Beautiful in every way
I have been reading Phillip pullmans books for a long time now and I always find myself coming back.I find out when new books are out and immediately buy t... READ MORE
Florence Saraceno
Northern Lights
My favourite trilogy ever starts with this….
Lyra is a young, fiesty, headstrong girl who is the main protagonist in the story. She is always accompanied by her daemon and best friend Pantalaimon (Pan... READ MORE
Andrea Dealing
Northern Lights
An alternate reality, with a lovable main character on an epic quest
I've read this a multitude of times in the last 20 odd years and it is absolutely my most read book. It opened my mind to fantasy and the idea of other... READ MORE