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Philip Pullman returns to the world of His Dark Materials with this magnificent first volume of The Book of Dust.

Eleven-year-old Malcolm Polstead and his dæmon, 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 . . .

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  • Trade Paperback

    9780857561084

    October 19, 2017

    David Fickling Books

    448 pages

    RRP $32.99

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  • Hardback

    9780385604413

    October 19, 2017

    David Fickling Books

    448 pages

    RRP $39.99

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  • Audio Book

    9781846577703

    October 20, 2017

    RHCP Audio

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  • EBook

    9781409025474

    October 19, 2017

    RHCP Digital

    448 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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Also by Philip Pullman

His Dark Materials
Four Tales
Northern Lights - The Graphic Novel
Northern Lights - The Graphic Novel Volume 2
His Dark Materials: The Complete Trilogy
Northern Lights - The Graphic Novel Volume 1
The Adventures of the New Cut Gang
The Collectors
Northern Lights: His Dark Materials 1
The Subtle Knife: His Dark Materials 2
The Amber Spyglass: His Dark Materials 3
Grimm Tales
Grimm Tales: For Young and Old
Magic Beans: A Handful of Fairytales from the Storybag
The Good Man Jesus and the Scoundrel Christ
Once Upon a Time in the North
Count Karlstein - The Novel
The Scarecrow And His Servant
I Was a Rat!
Lyra's Oxford
Puss In Boots
Clockwork
The Firework Maker's Daughter
Count Karlstein: or The Ride of the Demon Huntsman

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