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Philip Pullman returns to the world of His Dark Materials with this magnificent first volume of The Book of Dust - now available in paperback and illustrated throughout by Chris Wormell.

Malcolm Polstead's Oxford life has been one of routine, ordinary even. He is happiest playing with his daemon, Asta, in their canoe, La Belle Sauvage. But now as the rain builds, the world around Malcolm and Asta is, it seems, set to become increasingly far from ordinary.

Finding himself linked to a baby by the name of Lyra Belacqua, Malcolm is forced to undertake the challenge of his life and to make a dangerous journey that will change him and Lyra forever . . .

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  • Paperback

    9780241365854

    September 3, 2018

    Penguin and David Fickling Books

    592 pages

    RRP $16.99

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  • Trade Paperback

    9780857561084

    October 19, 2017

    David Fickling Books

    560 pages

    RRP $32.99

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  • Hardback

    9780385604413

    October 19, 2017

    David Fickling Books

    560 pages

    RRP $39.99

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  • Audio CD

    9781846577703

    October 20, 2017

    RHCP Audio

    RRP $32.99

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  • EBook

    9781409025474

    October 19, 2017

    RHCP Digital

    560 pages

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Extract

Malcolm Polstead, the eleven-year-old at the centre of the story, sees a great deal of the secret life of Oxford from the perspective of the rivers and the canal in his canoe La Belle Sauvage. Here he witnesses something he'd never expected to see, and discovers something that will change his life.

– Philip Pullman
 

Malcolm let the canoe drift to a halt and then silently slipped in among the stiff stems and watched as a great crested grebe scrambled up on to the towpath, waddled ungracefully across, and then dropped down into the little backwater on the other side. Keeping as quiet as he could and moving very slowly, Malcolm wedged the canoe even deeper into the reeds, and watched the bird shake its head and paddle across the water to join its mate.

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