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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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I Was a Rat! Or, The Scarlet Slippers

I Was a Rat! Or, The Scarlet Slippers

Author: Philip Pullman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/06/2018

Featuring wonderful new illustrations from Peter Bailey, this intriguing and exciting tale of chance and misfortune by multi award-winning Philip Pullman, is perfect for readers young and old. I was a Rat! Roger insists, and insists . . . In fact, when Bob the cobbler and his washerwoman wife, Joan, find the young boy abandoned on their doorstep, these are the only words he says. And he does have ratty behaviour, it's true. Staying with Bob and Joan, however, Roger learns quickly to behave more like a human child. They try to find his parents, but the orphanage, police and hospital all have nothing on their records about a lost boy in the city. What is the truth? As more and more people find out about Roger the mysterious rat-boy he faces more and more danger. But sometimes help comes from the most unexpected of places . . .

His Dark Materials bind-up

His Dark Materials bind-up

Author: Philip Pullman Format: Hardback Release Date: 07/06/2018

Philip Pullman's classic trilogy is now available as a stunning bind-up edition with a new cover by acclaimed illustrator Chris Wormell. Since the first volume was published in 1995, and has been filmed as THE GOLDEN COMPASS, the trilogy has been acclaimed as a modern masterpiece, and has won the UK's top awards for children's literature. The Book of Dust, the long-awaited follow-up, was named Waterstones Book of the Year 2018. Today, the story of Lyra and her daemon is read and loved by adults and children alike.

The Scarecrow and His Servant

The Scarecrow and His Servant

Author: Philip Pullman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/05/2018

Featuring wonderful new illustrations from Peter Bailey, this brilliantly funny and moving tale by multi-award winning Philip Pullman, is perfect for readers young and old. One night, during a terrible thunderstorm, a boy named Jack shelters in a barn. The following morning he is confused to find a scarecrow with a turnip head calling out to him. For a moment he thinks he is imagining it. But he isn't, the scarecrow has been struck by lightning in exactly the right way to bring him completely to life. Jack becomes the scarecrow's personal servant and together they decide to set out and see the world. It is a journey that neither of them could have possibly imagined, filled with adventure - and it will change them both in ways they never expected . . .

Clockwork or All Wound Up

Clockwork or All Wound Up

Author: Philip Pullman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/05/2018

Tick, tick, tick, tock. Once you've wound some things up nothing can stop them . . . It is a cold winter's night when Karl enters the White Horse Tavern looking like he's swallowed a thundercloud. His final task as a clockmaker apprentice is to make a new figure for the great clock of Glockenheim. He has not made the figure - or got any idea of what it could be, and the unveiling is tomorrow. Fritz is also in the tavern; there to read aloud his new spooky story. Like Karl, he hasn't finished. Well, he knows how the story starts and he knows it's called Clockwork - so, with the snow swirling down outside, he sets his story going and just has to hope that the ending will come to him as he tells it. Suddenly, Fritz's story and real life merge in a completely sinister way - and just like clockwork it can't be stopped . . .

His Dark Materials 0: Uber den wilden Fluss

His Dark Materials 0: Uber den wilden Fluss

Author: Philip Pullman Format: eBook Release Date: 17/11/2017

Millionen von Fans weltweit haben bereits sehnsuchtig auf dieses Buch gewartet: die Vorgeschichte der beruhmten Trilogie um den Goldenen Kompass!Der 11-jhrige Malcolm lebt mit seinen Eltern und seinem Dmon Asta in Oxford und geht in dem Kloster auf der anderen Seite der Themse aus und ein. Als die Nonnen ein Baby aufnehmen, von dem keiner wissen darf, ist es mit der Ruhe in dem alten Gemuer vorbei. Auch Malcolm schliet das kleine Wesen, das in groer Gefahr zu sein scheint, sofort in sein Herz und setzt alles daran, es zu schtzen. Der Name des Babys: Lyra Belacqua.Alle Bnde der unvergleichlichen Fantasy-SerieHis Dark Materials"e;:Der goldene KompassDas magische MesserDas Bernstein-Teleskop

Northern Lights - The Graphic Novel

Northern Lights - The Graphic Novel

Author: Philip Pullman Format: Hardback Release Date: 30/10/2017

The incredible story of Lyra Belacqua will begin in La Belle Sauvage - the first volume of The Book of Dust. Now you have the opportunity to revisit her adventures in Northern Lights, with this graphic novel adaptation of a masterpiece, which comes to life with incredible full-colour art. Follow Lyra's story once again in a way you've never experienced it before, as the arrival of her fearsome uncle, Lord Asriel, draws her to the heart of a terrible struggle - a struggle born of Gobblers and stolen children, witch clans and armoured bears. Lyra hurtles toward danger in the cold far North, never suspecting the shocking truth, that she alone is destined to win, or to lose, this more-than-mortal battle. This edition combines all three illustrated volumes of the story, now available for the very first time in hardback.

Daemon Voices Essays on Storytelling

Daemon Voices Essays on Storytelling

Author: Philip Pullman Format: Hardback Release Date: 26/10/2017

In over 30 essays, written over 20 years, one of the world's great story-tellers meditates on story-telling. Warm, funny, generous, entertaining and, above all, deeply considered, they offer thoughts on a wide variety of topics, including the origin and composition of Philip's own stories, the craft of writing and the story-tellers who have meant the most to Philip. The art of story-telling is everywhere present in the essays themselves, in the instantly engaging tone, the vivid imagery and striking phrases, the resonant anecdotes, the humour and learnedness. Together, they are greater than the sum of their parts: a single, sustained engagement with story and story-telling.

The Amber Spyglass

The Amber Spyglass

Author: Philip Pullman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 19/10/2017

The third 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 THE BOOK OF DUST. First published in 1997, and acclaimed as a modern masterpiece, it won the UK's top awards for children's literature. First published in 2000, and acclaimed as a modern masterpiece, it won the UK's top awards for children's literature. 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 Subtle Knife

The Subtle Knife

Author: Philip Pullman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 19/10/2017

The second 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 THE BOOK OF DUST. First published in 1997, and acclaimed as a modern masterpiece, it won the UK's top awards for children's literature. 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...

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: 19/10/2017

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 ...

Northern Lights

Northern Lights

Author: Philip Pullman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 19/10/2017

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, re-issued with a striking newly-designed cover by Chris Wormell to celebrate the publication of THE BOOK OF DUST.

Book of Dust:  La Belle Sauvage (Book of Dust, Volume 1)

Book of Dust: La Belle Sauvage (Book of Dust, Volume 1)

Author: Philip Pullman Format: eBook Release Date: 19/10/2017

INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER!2018 Odyssey Honor2018 ALSC Notable Children's RecordingThe Washington PostBest Audiobook of 2017SlateBest Audiobook of 2017BooklistEditor's Choice Audio for YouthAudioFileBest YA Audiobooks of 2017"e;Too few things in our world are worth a seventeen year wait:The Book of Dust is one of them."e; The Washington PostPhilip Pullman returns to the parallel world of his groundbreaking novelThe Golden Compass to expand on the story of Lyra, "e;one of fantasy's most indelible characters."e; (TheNew York Times Magazine)Malcolm Polstead is the kind of boy who notices everything but is not much noticed himself. And so perhaps it was inevitable that he would become a spy....Malcolm's parents run an inn called the Trout, on the banks of the river Thames, and all of Oxford passes through its doors. Malcolm and his daemon, Asta, routinely overhear news and gossip, and the occasional scandal, but during a winter of unceasing rain, Malcolm catches wind of something new: intrigue.He finds a secret message inquiring about a dangerous substance called Dustand the spy it was intended for finds him.When she asks Malcolm to keep his eyes open, he sees 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 girljust a babynamed Lyra.Lyra is the kind of person who draws people in like magnets. And Malcolm will brave any danger, and make shocking sacrifices, to bring her safely through the storm."e;The book is full of wonder. . . . Truly thrilling."e;The New York Times"e;People will love the first volume of Philip Pullman's new trilogywith the same helpless vehemence that stole over them whenThe Golden Compasscame out."e; SlateNote: This audiobook was recorded from the U.K. edition.

La Belle Sauvage: The Book of Dust Volume One

La Belle Sauvage: The Book of Dust Volume One

Author: Philip Pullman Format: eBook Release Date: 19/10/2017

The British Book Awards Audiobook of the Year 2018. Penguin presents the audio download edition of La Belle Sauvage by Philip Pullman, read by Michael Sheen.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 . . ."e;As a reader and a fan, I was hugely excited on hearing that Phillip was returning to the story of Lyra and Dust and challenging the Authority. And, as an actor, it was a true privilege to be asked to record La Belle Sauvage, the first book of this new work."e; Michael Sheen "e;The best piece of narration I've ever heard"e; - The Bookseller"e;Michael Sheen's narration of Philip Pullman's new novel is better than an army of voice actors his voice is impressive, from the crisp, definitive consonants of its higher registers to the rumbly bass notes Sheen summons when some menace enters the scene, to the vast, buttery expanse of his middle range."e; Slate

La Belle Sauvage: The Book of Dust Volume One

La Belle Sauvage: The Book of Dust Volume One

Author: Philip Pullman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 19/10/2017

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 Good Man Jesus and the Scoundrel Christ

The Good Man Jesus and the Scoundrel Christ

Author: Philip Pullman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 21/09/2017

'If I vanished he wouldn't notice, if I died he wouldn't care. I think of him all the time, and he thinks of me not at all. I love him, and my love torments me. There are times when I feel like a ghost beside him; as if he alone is real, and I'm just a daydream.' This is the story of two brothers. One is impassioned and one reserved. One is destined to go down in history and the other to be forgotten. In Pullman's hands, this sacred tale is reborn as one of the most enchanting, thrilling and visionary stories of recent years. The Myths series brings together some of the world's finest writers, each of whom has retold a myth in a contemporary and memorable way. Authors in the series include Karen Armstrong, Margaret Atwood, A.S. Byatt, David Grossman, Natsuo Kirino, Alexander McCall Smith, Philip Pullman, Ali Smith and Jeanette Winterson.