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The first book in the world-renowned His Dark Materials trilogy, which was made into the major movie The Golden Compass.

‘Without this child, we shall all die.’

Lyra Belacqua lives half-wild and carefree among the scholars of Jordan College, with her daemon, Pantalaimon, always by her side. But 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.

As she hurtles towards danger in the cold far North, Lyra never suspects the shocking truth: she alone is destined to win, or to lose, the biggest battle imaginable.



Daily Telegraph

A stunning, dense and deep novel . . . funny and unquenchably imaginative.


Pullman's writing is spellbinding, his storytelling brilliant.


His Dark Materials wasn't just the best children's book – it was also the most interesting fictional experiment of our times.

Reader's Digest

An eye-widening fantasy, a scorching thriller and a thought-provoking reflection on the human condition, this is a book that can be enjoyed at many levels.


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    March 5, 2015

    RHCP Digital

    448 pages

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