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His Dark Materials by Philip PullmanHis Dark Materials
Philip Pullman's classic trilogy is now available as a stunning, large-format edition. His Dark Materials has been acclaimed as a modern masterpiece, winning the UK's top awards for children's literature and book 1, Northern Lights, released as the major motion picture The Golden Compass. Today, the fabulous story of Lyra and her daemon is read and loved by adults and children alike.

ISBN: 978 1407 10942 8. Paperback. £14.99


My Story: Battle of Britain Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials - The Definitive Guide
by Laurie Frost

The extraordinary world of Philip Pullman's bestselling trilogy is explored in all the detail any fan of the books will ever need. With in-depth, chapter-referenced sections on characters, places, creatures, sciences, languages, and much more, this brilliant work by Laurie Frost has become the official - and definitive - reference guide to Pullman's books.

ISBN: 978 1407 10797 4. Hardback. £25.00


His Dark Materials is about to take its most exciting turn to date.

Adapted from Northern Lights, the first novel in Philip Pullman’s award winning trilogy The Golden Compass will become a major motion picture in December 2007.

The Golden Compass will be brought to the screen by New Line Cinema, acclaimed producers of the Academy Award™-winning The Lord of the Rings movie trilogy, and Scholastic Media, award-wining producers of children’s TV and film.

The movie stars Nicole Kidman, Daniel Craig and newcomer, Dakota Blue Richards.

There are worlds beyond our own
- the compass will show the way…

We're also offering you the chance to read the first chapter of Northern Lights (the first book in the trilogy), click here. Start the adventure here...


His Dark Materials, Synopsis
His Dark Materials is an intensely modern work of almost visionary originality. The three volumes of the trilogy, Northern Lights, The Subtle Knife and The Amber Spyglass, are multi-layered and embrace many different themes and facets relevant to us all. His Dark Materials explores the biggest questions of them all - existence, childhood, innocence, knowledge, grace, death and, last but by no means least, that of love. It is very much a book for today, for the beginning of a new millennium.

With its roots planted firmly in the English dissenting tradition that harks back to William Blake and others, the trilogy takes its overall title from Book One of John Milton’s epic Paradise Lost. Indeed, like that great English classic, His Dark Materials is a reworking (not a retelling) of the story of the Garden of Eden and the Fall of Man. It shares all the scope and grandeur of that story yet takes us far beyond. His Dark Materials is utterly original.

At its simplest it is a story of courage and humanity about a boy and a girl with a destiny to fulfil. At its widest it whirls the reader into a universe of wonders and dazzling marvels. The gently probing moral debate and new myths for our age that the author works into his narrative do not in any way mar or block the wonderful story that he unfolds. Here is a magnificent tale, rich in incident and character, that takes the breath away and leaves the reader with a sense of wonder. There is a terrible and abiding sense of loss when the book is finished. What higher praise than that can there be?

You can make comparisons to Tolkien, to CS Lewis but in the end such comparisons are meaningless; His Dark Materials is very much its own thing. This is what strikes new readers most and is why the books have such a startling effect.

His Dark Materials is ground-breaking.

You must read these books.

His Dark Materials Classic Editions
His Dark Materials Junior Editions
His Dark Materials Collector’s Editions
His Dark Materials Film Tie-In Editions
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Philip Pullman: His Dark Materials
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