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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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Shadow in the North

Shadow in the North

Author: Philip Pullman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 13/02/2004

A fast-paced thriller set in the underworld of Victorian London. A financial disaster for one of her clients leads Sally Lockhart into the the depths of a dangerous mystery. Who is financier Axel Bellmann? What is behind the mysterious bad luck that's hit the Anglo-Baltic shipping line? And why is Bellmann so keen to stop Sally digging into his affairs...

Ruby in the Smoke

Ruby in the Smoke

Author: Philip Pullman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 13/02/2004

A gripping mystery from an incedibly talented author. Sally Lockhart is living quietly in London with her obnoxious cousin, after her father's tragic death at sea. But the peaceful, if hateful, existence is about to end. Sally's father left her a message, and deciphering it will lead her into a world of danger and excitement such as she's never known...

Tin Princess

Tin Princess

Author: Philip Pullman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 13/02/2004

Sally Lockhart's friend and partner-in-adventure Jim Taylor has just solved a mystery. For years he's been searching for Adelaide, the little girl enslaved by toothless crone Mrs Holland in The Ruby in the Smoke. And now he's found her - just as she's about to become a princess. Crown Princess of Razkavia, to be exact, and a princess in danger. Her future husband is desperate to protect his bride, and employs Jim as their bodyguard - Razkavia's quaint little streets are full of danger.

Lyra's Oxford

Lyra's Oxford

Author: Philip Pullman Format: Hardback Release Date: 06/11/2003

This is a wonderful new episode from the world of Philip Pullman's bestselling trilogy, His Dark Materials. In Lyra's Oxford the reader shares the huge excitement of discovering a small bundle of material that has somehow slipped between Lyra's universe and our own. The book includes a wonderful new story by Philip Pullman, fully illustrated intricate maps and other ephemera from Lyra's universe. The text is illustrated throughout in beautiful black and white wood-blocks by the highly acclaimed engraver, John Lawrence, together with specially printed three-colour pull out maps of Lyra's Oxford. This publication could have come from a parallel universe. The short story contained within Lyra's Oxford finds Lyra with her daemon Pantalaimon a couple of years after the end of The Amber Spyglass. Sitting on the roofs of Oxford she sees a bird, the daemon of a witch, a storm petrel flying towards her pursued by a huge and angry flock of starlings. Birds play a big part in this story. And gradually a mystery unfolds-

His Dark Materials: Trilogy

His Dark Materials: Trilogy

Author: Philip Pullman Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/11/2001

Lyra and her daemon ... The first four words of this extraordinary book tell us at once that we are in a story like no other. Twelve-year-old Lyra, whose daemon Pantalaimon is part of her very self, is growing up in an ancient, ritual-haunted Oxford, when she learns that her friend Roger has been kidnapped for some evil purpose. Desperate, she sets off at once to rescue him. Her journey takes her to the far north, where she faces a horror far worse than she could ever imagine. Meanwhile, in our own world, a boy called Will has his own dangerous task to fulfil. Like Lyra, he makes surprising discoveries about his parents. He, too, is pursued by forces eager to destroy him. When Lyra and Will meet, they find out that their quests are linked together in the most astonishing way. With the double-edged help of the subtle knife, Will and Lyra open the way to many different worlds, and meet characters who have their own passionate interest in the outcome of the events. Characters such as the armoured bear, Iorek Byrnison; the Texan aeronaut, Lee Scoresby; the graceful witches who fly beyond the Northern Lights; and the most unexpected angels in fiction, Balthamos and Baruch. Their epic journey reaches its climax in the simplest of things: the impulsive response of a girl and a boy to one simple story. When it is over, everything has changed.

Puss In Boots

Puss In Boots

Author: Philip Pullman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/11/2001

A sparklingly original reimagining of this classic fairytale from two of the most respected talents in children's books. Now reissued with a brand new cover, discover the tale of Puss in Boots as you've never seen it before . . . Imagine how Jacques feels when he learns that his older brothers have inherited the mill and the donkey, and all he's got is the CAT! Well, he's not fed up for long, because he soon discovers that Puss is no ordinary cat... Not only can he talk (which is pretty unusual for a cat), but he's also got brains. And he's got a plan - a plan that involves Jacques, a Royal Princess and a very large fortune! However, there are some things that Puss hasn't included in his plan, such as a very hungry Ogre, some sleepless Ghouls and more than a touch of magic . . .

The Butterfly Tattoo

The Butterfly Tattoo

Author: Philip Pullman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/09/2001

Chris falls in love with Jenny the moment he sets eyes on her at an Oxford ball. She's beautiful but secretive and he can't help but want to be with her. But fate is cruel and, as their relationship blossoms, tragedy and violence wait in the wings. Chris's boss has a shady past that won't stay hidden. And his ruthless enemies will use two innocent teenagers to exact their revenge on him . . .

The Broken Bridge

The Broken Bridge

Author: Philip Pullman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/09/2001

Sixteen-year-old Ginny's life is secure. Her mother is dead, but she's inherited her outstanding artistic talent, and she loves her life with her father in a seaside village in Wales. But the day a social worker arrives and old files are re-opened, Ginny's world cracks apart. Everything her father has told her about her family is a lie. And Ginny must uncover the hidden secrets of the past on a journey that will ultimately lead her to the mother she's never known . . .

His Dark Materials: #3 The Amber Spyglass

His Dark Materials: #3 The Amber Spyglass

Author: Philip Pullman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/09/2001

Lyra lies sleeping in a cave near a rainbow, drugged into unconsciousness by her mother, Mrs Coulter, whose love for her daughter closely rivals her own ruthless ambition. Now, the latter threatens to overcome the former, as she strives to prevent the events which are dependent on the decisions Lyra is fated to make. Meanwhile, Will-scarred and traumatised after his last, fatal meeting with his father-seeks blindly for her, with only two of Lord Asriel's angels as companions on his dangerous search. The two are fated to meet once more, however, and begin their most treacherous journey. For Lyra owes a great debt, and she must repay it-she must rescue her friend from the Land of the Dead. Neither are prepared for the terrible sacrifice they must endure, or for the universal consequences of their actions. Lyra and Will must play their part in the war between the worlds and heaven...

I Was a Rat! Or, the Scarlet slippers

I Was a Rat! Or, the Scarlet slippers

Author: Philip Pullman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/05/2000

The New Cut Gang The Gas-Fitters' Ball

The New Cut Gang The Gas-Fitters' Ball

Author: Philip Pullman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 26/11/1998

The New Cut Gang is a group of urchins ranging from six-year-old Sharky Bob to thirteen-year-old Bridie Malone. They inhabit the streets around Lambeth Walk and the New Cut, in 1892. In this second adventure, GBP10,000 worth of silver is stolen from the Gas-Fitters' Hall and the New Cut Gang are immediately on the case. They enlist the help of Orlando, the strongest man in the world, and the Gas-Fitters' Ball provides them with the perfect opportunity to expose the villain.

His Dark Materials: #1 Northern Lights

His Dark Materials: #1 Northern Lights

Author: Philip Pullman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 23/10/1998

When Lyra's friend Roger disappears, she and her daemon, Pantalaimon, determine to find him. The ensuing quest leads them to the bleak splendour of the North, where armoured bears rule the ice and witch-queens fly through the frozen skies - and where a team of scientists is conducting experiments too horrible to be spoken about. Lyra overcomes these strange terrors, only to find something yet more perilous waiting for her - something with consequences which may even reach beyond the Northern Lights.

His Dark Materials: #2 The Subtle Knife

His Dark Materials: #2 The Subtle Knife

Author: Philip Pullman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 16/10/1998

Will is twelve years old and he's just killed a man. Now he's on his own, on the run, determined to discover the truth about his father's disappearance. Then Will steps through a window in the air into another world, and finds himself with a companion - a strange, savage girl called Lyra. Like Will, she has a mission which she intends to carry out at all costs. But the world of Cittagazze is a strange and unsettling place. Deadly, soul-eating Spectres stalk its streets, while high above, the wingbeats of distant angels sound against the sky. And in the mysterious Torre degli Angeli lurks Cittagazze's most important secret - an object which people from many worlds would kill to possess.

Count Karlstein: or The Ride of the Demon Huntsman

Count Karlstein: or The Ride of the Demon Huntsman

Author: Philip Pullman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 17/09/1992

Who would dare venture outdoors on All Souls' Eve knowing that Zamiel the Demon Huntsman is on the prowl? But evil Count Karlstein has struck a bargain with Zamiel - and his two young nieces Charlotte and Lucy stand to lose out in the pact. What can the girls do to escape their fate? Brilliantly informed by a variety of classic, and not so classic, sources, this tale gallops along at high speed and is a highly visual and very unusual book.