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La Belle Sauvage: The Book of Dust Volume One
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La Belle Sauvage: The Book of Dust Volume One (Hardback)

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Set 10 years before the events of His Dark Materials, this story is centred on the character of Malcolm Polstead (and his daemon Asta), an intelligent and inquisitive eleven-year-old who lives with his parents in the Trout Inn, across the river from the kindly nuns of the priory of Godstow. When a mysterious baby girl is taken in by the nuns, Malcolm and Asta come up against the sinister Consistorial Court of Discipline. A beautifully written book and a very welcome return to the world of alethiometers, daemons and the Magisterium.

Andy, Events Team

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Is it a prequel? Is it a sequel? It’s neither. In fact, The Book of Dust is… an ‘equel’. It doesn’t stand before or after His Dark Materials, but beside it. It’s a different story, but there are settings that readers of His Dark Materials will recognise, and characters they’ve met before. Also, of course, there are some characters who are new to us, including an ordinary boy (a boy we have seen in an earlier part of Lyra’s story, if we were paying attention) who, with Lyra, is caught up in a terrifying adventure that takes him into a new world.“





Read an extract from the first volume in The Book of Dust in The Guardian here



Children'sFiction & true storiesAdventure storiesChildren'sFiction & true storiesFantasy & magical realismChildren'sFiction & true storiesGeneral fictionFiction & PoetryFantasy Publisher: Random House Children's Publishers UK Publication Date: 19/10/2017 ISBN-13: 9780385604413  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
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Philip Pullman is one of the most highly respected children's authors writing today. Winner of many prestigious awards, including the Carnegie of Carnegies and the Whitbread Award, Pullman's epic fantasy trilogy His Dark Materials has been acclaimed as a modern classic. It has sold 17.5 million copies worldwide and been translated into 40 languages. In 2005 he was awarded the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award. He lives in Oxford.

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Customer Reviews

Bought the book as Christmas presents for my two younger sons. A great hit with both of them. Both fans of the Dark Material series, they have not been disappointed.

- 03/02/2018
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Well worth the wait, La Belle Sauvage is the name of the boat that Malcolm, an innkeepers' son, uses for part of the adventure. It's a wonderful story, set just after the birth of Lyra, and offers a different perspective on some of the old characters whilst also introducing many new. A fabulous read, but I wish I'd read His Dark Materials again before reading it (I read the trilogy about a decade ago) to refresh my memory about the working of the world it is set in.

- 17/01/2018
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Bought this book for my eldest son, currently 11. He read Golden Compass trilogy last year and thoroughly enjoyed it so as soon as we heard a new Philip Pullman book was out be got it for him. He consumed it in a week and was raving about it, so I have also read it. An excellent book for competent readers and adults alike. Probably worth getting a hardback so it can be treasured and read a few years later for a better understanding.

- 07/12/2017
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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 which ONE book I wanted to check out (it was a rule – only one book) when I stumbled upon the His Dark Materials trilogy. I don’t remember much else but I DO remember rushing back to the library the very next day for the second book in the trilogy because I had fallen in love. So, when I got an email from one of my FAVOURITE humans in the publishing industry, asking me to sign an NDA to get a coveted ARC of one of my most anticipated reads of the year, I jumped around with joy. I’ve taken almost a week to finish to finish La Belle Sauvage and I loved every second of reading it. Let me give you my thoughts: MY THOUGHTS: 1. I fell in love with Malcom, the main character in this book, by the time I had finished the second chapter. He was this PURE SOUL with an INQUISITIVE MIND and a HEART OF GOLD and I loved his story SO MUCH. 2. I also LOVED Malcom with Lyra. In La Belle Sauvage, Lyra is a mere infant, only a few months old and it shows you the story of Malcom’s connection with her and all about how Lyra ended up at Jordan College, which is where Golden Compass opens ten years later. 3. I should warn you that the pace of this book is slow. If you’ve read Philip Pullman’s previous works, you already know what I’m talking about, but just in case you haven’t, it’s always better to be prepared. 4. I loved how this book contained SO MANY CHARACTERS we’d seen in the His Dark Materials trilogy. I probably didn’t remember some of them (blame the memory of nine year old me) but the ones I did, I had FANGIRL moments over. It was AMAZING to see everyone before Lyra’s story and see the pieces of Lyra’s circumstances come to be. 5. I didn’t remember much about the workings of the Althieometer from when I read The Golden Compass, but the way it was explained in La Belle Sauvage was stunning. I felt like I was there, in the midst of the scholars that were talking about it and absorbed everything as best as I could. La Belle Sauvage brought back memories from ten years ago in a way that almost no book can. Reading it was a JOURNEY that I wouldn’t trade for anything. A beautiful new instalment into Philip Pullman’s breath-taking world that I HIGHLY recommend diving into.

- 23/11/2017
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I knew I would love this book as soon as I knew Philip had written a new trilogy. I have read His Dark Materials, and others of his books, many times and love how they explore growing up, falling in love, the bravery of children and so much more. I am about half way through La Belle Sauvage and what strikes me immediately is the wonderful way Philip has explored the impact of the UK government's Prevent strategy through the perspective of Malcolm's experience at school. I also recognise the conflict between the fierce love of a parent for their child and their own driving aspirations. If you have never read any of Philip Pullman's books, please start with His Dark Materials (while remembering a little how it was to be entering your teens) and then come here.... and enjoy!

- 10/11/2017
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