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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.

Reviews

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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Formats & editions

  • Hardback

    9780857535665

    October 1, 2018

    Doubleday Childrens

    112 pages

    RRP $17.99

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  • Hardback

    9780385614320

    May 1, 2008

    David Fickling Books

    112 pages

    RRP $27.99

    Online retailers

    • Amazon
    • Angus & Robertson Bookworld
    • Booktopia
    • Dymocks
    • Abbey's Bookshop
    • Boomerang Books
    • Collins Booksellers
    • Books Kinokuniya
    • QBD
    • Readings
    • Robinsons Bookshop
    • The Nile
    Or

    Find your local bookstore at booksellers.org.au