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Philip Pullman - Author

About the Author

Philip Pullman was born in Norwich, England, in 1946 and grew up in Zimbabwe and Wales. He has won many awards, including the Carnegie Medal, the Guardian Children's Book Award and the Whitbread Book of the Year Award. His acclaimed trilogy, His Dark Materials, has been published in thirty-nine languages and sold tens of millions of copies. He lives in Oxford with his wife, and has two sons.

 

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Lyra's Oxford

Lyra's Oxford

Author: Philip Pullman Format: Hardback Release Date: 10/12/2019

This book contains a story and several other things. The other things might be connected with the story, or they might not; they might be connected to stories that haven't appeared yet . . . Two years after the conclusion of The Amber Spyglass, Lyra and her daemon Pantalaimon sit high on the roof of Jordan College, gazing down on the streets of Oxford. But their peace is shattered by a flock of enraged starlings, who seem intent on knocking another bird out of the sky - a bird that Lyra and Pan quickly realise is a witch's daemon. The daemon carries worrying tidings of a terrible sickness spreading in the north, and claims that only Lyra can help him - but is he really friend, or foe? Illustrated throughout with exquisite wood-cut engravings by John Lawrence, this beautifully packaged story also contains an extract of Pullman's second short story set in the His Dark Materials world, Once Upon a Time in the North, a map and other missives that seem to have slipped from Lyra's world into our own.

Once Upon a Time in the North

Once Upon a Time in the North

Author: Philip Pullman Format: Hardback Release Date: 06/12/2019

A mesmerising episode from the universe of His Dark Materials and The Book of Dust, giving us an extraordinary insight into this world and its characters. When Lyra is studying at Oxford University, she comes across the story of Lee Scoresby and Iorek Byrnisson's first meeting, many years ago, along with much evidence of the adventure that brought them together. She discovers that when a young Texan balloonist Lee came down to earth in the harbour of an Arctic town in the North, little did he realise that he is about to be caught in a war between the residents of the town and the huge arctic bears that also live there. And when Lee meets one of these bears - Iorek - for the first time, they cement a friendship that will continue throughout their lives, as the tensions in the town threaten to erupt ... Another wonderful tale from a master story-teller, which includes beautiful illustrations and maps.

La Belle Sauvage: The Book of Dust Volume One

La Belle Sauvage: The Book of Dust Volume One

Author: Philip Pullman Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 29/11/2019

Eleven-year-old Malcolm Polstead and his daemon, Asta, live with his parents at the Trout Inn near Oxford. Across the River Thames (which Malcolm navigates often using his beloved canoe, a boat by the name of La Belle Sauvage) is the Godstow Priory where the nuns live. Malcolm learns they have a guest with them; a baby by the name of Lyra Belacqua ...

The Subtle Knife Gift Edition

The Subtle Knife Gift Edition

Author: Philip Pullman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 21/11/2019

NOW A MAJOR, CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED BBC/HBO TV SERIES What is he? A friend, or an enemy? He is a murderer. Will has just killed a man. He's on the run. His escape will take him far beyond his own world, to the eerie disquiet of a deserted city, and to a girl, Lyra. Her fate is strangely linked to his own, and together they must find the most powerful weapon in all the worlds... The second volume in Philip Pullman's incredible HIS DARK MATERIALS trilogy, ina stunning gift edition illustrated by Melissa Castrillon.

His Dark Materials: The Amber Spyglass (Gift Edition)

His Dark Materials: The Amber Spyglass (Gift Edition)

Author: Philip Pullman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 21/11/2019

NOW A MAJOR, CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED BBC/HBO TV SERIES We're going to the land of the dead - and we're going to come back. Will and Lyra, whose fates are bound together by powers beyond their own worlds, have been violently separated. But they must find each other, for ahead of them lies the greatest war that has ever been - and a journey to a dark place from which no one has ever returned... The third volume in PhilipPullman's groundbreaking HIS DARK MATERIALS trilogy, in astunning gift edition illustrated by Melissa Castrillon.

His Dark Materials: The Complete BBC Radio Collection Three BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisations

His Dark Materials: The Complete BBC Radio Collection Three BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisations

Author: Philip Pullman Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 14/11/2019

All three BBC radio dramatisations of the bestselling fantasy trilogy - plus bonus material A breathtaking epic spanning multiple worlds, His Dark Materials follows the adventures of Lyra Belacqua and Will Parry, two children catapulted into a life-or-death struggle to save the future of the Cosmos. In Northern Lights, 11-year-old Lyra discovers dark forces at work involving kidnapped children and a mysterious substance called 'Dust'. With her shape-shifting daemon, Pantalaimon, she leaves her Oxford college home and embarks on a dangerous journey to the frozen North, aided by armoured bears, Gyptians and a witch-queen... The Subtle Knife sees 12-year-old Will finding an opening into the haunted world of Cittagazze, where daemon-destroying Spectres roam. There he meets Lyra, and together they acquire the most powerful weapon in all the universes - an object many would kill to possess. In The Amber Spyglass, a colossal war is brewing in Heaven, and Lyra and Will have been separated. They must find each other and journey onward - even into the World of the Dead... These thrilling dramatisations feature an all-star cast, including Lulu Popplewell, Terence Stamp, Bill Paterson, Kenneth Cranham and Adrian Scarborough. Also included is a bonus documentary, World Book Club, in which Philip Pullman answers readers' questions about Northern Lights.

His Dark Materials: The Complete Collection

His Dark Materials: The Complete Collection

Author: Philip Pullman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/11/2019

Philip Pullman's groundbreaking HIS DARK MATERIALS trilogy, now a thrilling and critically acclaimed BBC/HBO television series, available here in a TV tie-in paperback bind-up edition. First published in 1995, and acclaimed as a modern masterpiece, the first book in the series, Northern Lights, won the UK's top awards for children's literature. Today, the story of Lyra and her daemon is read and loved by adults and children alike. This bind-up contains all three books in the series: Northern Lights The Subtle KnifeThe Amber Spyglass

His Dark Materials: Northern Lights (Gift Edition)

His Dark Materials: Northern Lights (Gift Edition)

Author: Philip Pullman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 17/10/2019

The first volume in Philip Pullman's groundbreaking HIS DARK MATERIALS trilogy, now a thrilling, critically acclaimed BBC/HBO television series. First published in 1995, and acclaimed as a modern masterpiece, this first book in the series won the UK's top awards for children's literature. Without this child, we shall alldie. Lyra Belacqua and her animal daemon live half-wild and carefree among scholars of Jordan College, Oxford. The destiny that awaits her will take her to the frozen lands of the Arctic, where witch-clans reign and ice-bears fight. Her extraordinary journey will have immeasurable consequences far beyond her own world... This gift edition has a beautiful cover from celebrated illustrator, Melissa Castrillon.

The Secret Commonwealth: The Book of Dust Volume Two

The Secret Commonwealth: The Book of Dust Volume Two

Author: Philip Pullman Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 03/10/2019

It is twenty years since the events of La Belle Sauvage: The Book of Dust Volume One unfolded and saw the baby Lyra Belacqua begin her life-changing journey. It is seven years since readers left Lyra and the love of her young life, Will Parry, on a park bench in Oxford's Botanic Gardens at the end of the ground-breaking, bestselling His Dark Materialssequence. Now, in The Secret Commonwealth, we meet Lyra Silvertongue. And she is no longer a child . . . The second volume of Sir Philip Pullman's The Book of Dust sees Lyra, now twenty years old, and her daemon Pantalaimon, forced to navigate their relationship in a way they could never have imagined, and drawn into the complex and dangerous factions of a world that they had no idea existed. Pulled along on his own journey too is Malcolm; once a boy with a boat and a mission to save a baby from the flood, now a man with a strong sense of duty and a desire to do what is right. Theirs is a world at once familiar and extraordinary, and they must travel far beyond the edges of Oxford, across Europe and into Asia, in search for what is lost - a city haunted by daemons, a secret at the heart of a desert, and the mystery of the elusive Dust. 'Sheen conjures a multitude of accents and delivers rapid-fire conversations between them. He's in step with the text at every turn; when situations become fraught or dangerous, Sheen ramps up the tension exquisitely. Thanks to Pullman's intricate storytelling and Sheen's propulsive narration, listeners will be on the edge of their seats' - AudioFile The Secret Commonwealth is truly a book for our times; a powerful adventure and a thought-provoking look at what it is to understand yourself, to grow up and make sense of the world around you. This is storytelling at its very best from one of our greatest writers.

His Dark Materials: Northern Lights

His Dark Materials: Northern Lights

Author: Philip Pullman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/10/2019

THE BOOK BEHIND THE BBC SERIES 'HIS DARK MATERIALS' - nowwith a TV tie-in cover Without this child, we shall all die. Lyra Belacqua and her animal daemon live half-wild and carefree among scholars of Jordan College, Oxford. The destiny that awaits her will take her to the frozen lands of the Arctic, where witch-clans reign and ice-bears fight. Her extraordinary journey will have immeasurable consequences far beyond her own world... The first volume in Philip Pullman's incredible HIS DARK MATERIALS trilogy.

The Secret Commonwealth: The Book of Dust Volume Two

The Secret Commonwealth: The Book of Dust Volume Two

Author: Philip Pullman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 26/09/2019

It is twenty years since the events of La Belle Sauvage: The Book of Dust Volume One unfolded and saw the baby Lyra Belacqua begin her life-changing journey. It is almost ten years since readers left Lyra and the love of her young life, Will Parry, on a park bench in Oxford's Botanic Gardens at the end of the ground-breaking, bestselling His Dark Materials sequence. Now, in The Secret Commonwealth, we meet Lyra Silvertongue. And she is no longer a child . . . The second volume of Philip Pullman's The Book of Dust sees Lyra, now twenty years old, and her daemon Pantalaimon, forced to navigate their relationship in a way they could never have imagined, and drawn into the complex and dangerous factions of a world that they had no idea existed. Pulled along on his own journey too is Malcolm; once a boy with a boat and a mission to save a baby from the flood, now a man with a strong sense of duty and a desire to do what is right. Theirs is a world at once familiar and extraordinary, and they must travel far beyond the edges of Oxford, across Europe and into Asia, in search for what is lost - a city haunted by daemons, a secret at the heart of a desert, and the mystery of the elusive Dust. The Secret Commonwealth is truly a book for our times; a powerful adventure and a thought-provoking look at what it is to understand yourself, to grow up and make sense of the world around you. This is storytelling at its very best from one of our greatest writers. Reviews for La Belle Sauvage: The Book of Dust Volume One: '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' Metro 'A rich, imaginative, vividly characterised rite-of-passage tale' Sunday Times 'High-octane adventure accompanies ingenious plotting' The Times

Aladdin and the Enchanted Lamp (HB)(NE)

Aladdin and the Enchanted Lamp (HB)(NE)

Author: Philip Pullman Format: Hardback Release Date: 05/09/2019

Philip Pullman's wry wit and award-winning talent brings much to this rich, dark and uplifting rendition of the classic tale ALADDIN AND THE ENCHANTED LAMP. With magic and mischief in equal measure, and with brand new illustrations from master printmaker Chris Wormell, it will captivate readers of all ages.

I Was a Rat!

I Was a Rat!

Author: Philip Pullman Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 01/09/2019

The Gas-Fitters' Ball

The Gas-Fitters' Ball

Author: Philip Pullman Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 01/08/2019

Four Tales

Four Tales

Author: Philip Pullman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/07/2019

Four stories of myth, magic and adventure from the master teller of tales The Firework Maker's Daughter I Was A Rat! Clockwork The Scarecrow and His Servant A devilish inventor, a girl who must face a Fire Fiend, a scarecrow brought to life by a bolt of lightning, and a boy who can only say the words 'I Was a Rat!' . . . Drawing on the rich tradition of fairytales, these are four incredible stories that will obsess and enchant readers. Includes a prologue and epilogue from the uniquely talented Philip Pullman, author of His Dark Materials 'Exciting, scary, romantic and deliciously readable' Guardian 'Full of hilarious, loveable characters' Sunday Times