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  • Published: 19 October 2017
  • ISBN: 9781409025474
  • Imprint: RHCP Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 560

La Belle Sauvage: The Book of Dust Volume One

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.


Philip Pullman's magnificent bestseller is now in paperback, with new additional illustrations. A coming of age story like no other . . .

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 for ever . . .

  • Published: 19 October 2017
  • ISBN: 9781409025474
  • Imprint: RHCP Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 560

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 La Belle Sauvage: The Book of Dust Volume One

Pullman is an easeful storyteller and an intricate and inventive world-builder, and everything he has to write is worth reading.

Sam Leith, Telegraph

Fans of His Dark Materials will find themselves joyfully immersed in a familiar world of daemons, alethiometers, the evil Magisterium, friendly witches and foul night-ghasts, yet also delighted by Pullman's new material; meanwhile, awaiting first-time readers is all the pleasure of commencing their own journey into this most captivating of universes at the very beginning of Lyra's story.


No one else writes like Pullman . . . terrifying, transporting, exhilarating - and entirely worth the 17-year wait.

Imogen Russell Williams, Metro

He is a master storyteller . . . Pullman creates a setting so evocative that I actually dreamed I was in it (my dog was my daemon).

Rosamund Urwin, Evening Standard

I am confident in pronouncing that people will love the first volume of Philip Pullman’s trilogy, The Book of Dust, with the same helpless vehemence that stole over them when The Golden Compass came out in the mid-’90s, or even when they first met their partners or held their newborn children . . . Reading this novel is like standing in a room in which suddenly all of the windows have blown open at once.


It’s a stunning achievement, the universe Pullman has created and continues to build on. All that remains is to sit tight and wait for the next instalment.

New York Times

These are dark, uncertain times. Pullman has given them the brilliant, disturbing book they deserve.

Marianne Levy

High-octane adventure accompanies ingenious plotting during Lyra’s extended journey in a canoe down a dangerously flooded Thames

The Times

The first instalment of The Book of Dust is an utter joy. It is also generous, frightening, thrilling, clever and ingenious


Is there a richer, more complex conceit in modern fiction than Pullman’s daemons – animal companions that are both a projection of yourself and a guide, both soul and guardian angel?

Frank Cottrell Boyce, Observer

Full of acute observation. It is also a rich, imagantive, vividly characterised rite-of-passage tale . . . You scoot through its 560 pages like a canoe careering along on floodwaters

Nicolette Jones, The Sunday Times

Bold and brilliant

Sunday Mirror

Full of Pullman’s trademark imagination, adventure and scientific exploration

Sunday Express

La Belle Sauvage is a feast of a book


Pullman’s imagination is so enticing that any new window into it is welcome; and to connect once more with a fictional universe of such great power is a delight . . . I’m certainly eager for the next two parts of this new trilogy; there are, after all, many more worlds to conquer

Philip Womack, Financial Times

A thrilling page turner that will fly off the shelves and delight his legion of fans . . . La Belle Sauvage introduces new characters to Pullman’s multiverse but stands equal to his earlier works in its quality of prose, layered world-building and breathtaking mastery of plot

Daily Express

Thrillingly entertaining & beautifully written


Pullman’s style is lively and physically specific, and the descriptions of the flood and its consequences are brilliantly done . . . Pullman is as a story­teller who wants to persuade us to start attending again to the connections that we have lost the ability to see

Rowan Williams, New Statesman

The Book of Dust feels more earthbound — in the best way — than the earlier trilogy. The cosmic clockwork of “His Dark Materials,” with its multiverses and metaphysics, becomes grounded in this new novel . . . But there is plenty of magic here, too, not just daemons and startling prophecies but witches and spectres, forays into Faerie, and Malcolm’s eerie, migraine-like visions of the aurora borealis. Too few things in our own world are worth a 17-year-wait: The Book of Dust is one of them

The Washington Post

Much mythological material is being brewed: a predestined wonderful foundling, a child snatcher, a few treacherously beguiling spectres and perilous fairylands. Pullman’s immense powers of kinaesthetic visualisation keep the story pulsing on an epic scale

Marina Warner, Guardian

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