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  • Published: 1 October 2018
  • ISBN: 9780857535665
  • Imprint: Doubleday Childrens
  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 112
  • RRP: $17.99

Once Upon a Time in the North




A mesmerising episode from the universe of His Dark Materials and The Book of Dust, giving us an extraordinary insight this world and its characters.

A mesmerising episode from the universe of His Dark Materials and The Book of Dust, giving us an extraordinary insight into this world and its characters.

When Lyra is studying at Oxford University, she comes across the story of Lee Scoresby and Iorek Byrnisson's first meeting, many years ago, along with much evidence of the adventure that brought them together.

She discovers that when a young Texan balloonist Lee came down to earth in the harbour of an Arctic town in the North, little did he realise that he is about to be caught in a war between the residents of the town and the huge arctic bears that also live there.

And when Lee meets one of these bears - Iorek - for the first time, they cement a friendship that will continue throughout their lives, as the tensions in the town threaten to erupt ...

Another wonderful tale from a master story-teller, which includes beautiful illustrations and maps.

  • Pub date: 1 October 2018
  • ISBN: 9780857535665
  • Imprint: Doubleday Childrens
  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 112
  • RRP: $17.99

About the Author

Philip Pullman

Philip Pullman is one of the most highly respected children's authors writing today. Winner of many prestigious awards, including the Carnegie of Carnegies and the Whitbread Award, Pullman’s epic fantasy trilogy His Dark Materials has been acclaimed as a modern classic. It has sold 17.5 million copies worldwide and been translated into 40 languages. In 2005 he was awarded the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award. He lives in Oxford.

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Praise for Once Upon a Time in the North

“Exuberant, intelligent fun . . . Once again Pullman has created a work of art that is enchanting for a child but equally appealing to an adult”

Amanda Craig, The Times

“Tantalisingly short, irresistibly snappy and full of dangerous derring-do”

Independent

“This is a real treat, and easily one of the publishing hightlights of the year that will be devoured by fans old and new”

The Bookseller

“Small and elegant, the book is exquisitely illustrated with woodcuts by John Lawrence and rounded off with bits of memorabilia including a newspaper clipping giving a different spin on events plus a board game. Fast and powerful, this is an exciting read”

Anne Faundez, Carousel

“A short, simple, elegant story . . . cloth-bound, with enhancing woodcuts by master-engraver John Lawrence”

Claudia Fitzherbert, Spectator


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