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In his award-winning fantasy trilogy, HIS DARK MATERIALS, Philip Pullman invents a richly detailed and marvellously imagined world that is complex and thought-provoking enough to enthrall readers of all ages.

Northern Lights introduces Lyra, an orphan, who lives in a parallel universe in which science, theology and magic are entwined. Lyra’s search for a kidnapped friend uncovers a sinister plot involving stolen children and turns into a quest to understand a mysterious phenomenon called Dust. In The Subtle Knife she is joined on her journey by Will, a boy who possesses a knife that can cut windows between worlds. As Lyra learns the truth about her parents and her prophesied destiny, the two young people are caught up in a war against celestial powers that ranges across many worlds and leads to a thrilling conclusion in The Amber Spyglass.
The epic story Pullman tells is not only a spellbinding adventure featuring armoured polar bears, magical devices, witches and daemons, it is also an audacious and profound re-imagining of Milton’s Paradise Lost. An utterly entrancing blend of metaphysical speculation and bravura storytelling, HIS DARK MATERIALS is a monumental and enduring achievement.

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One of the supreme literary dreamers and magicians of our time

The Guardian

Philip Pullman. Is he the best storyteller ever?

The Observer

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  • Hardback

    9781841593425

    December 1, 2011

    Everyman

    1144 pages

    RRP $35.00

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