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
ISBN: 978 1407 10942 8. Paperback.
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.
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
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),
here. Start the adventure here...
Dark Materials, Synopsis
His Dark Materials is an intensely
modern work of almost visionary originality. The three
volumes of the trilogy, Northern
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
read these books.
Dark Materials Classic Editions
Materials Junior Editions
Dark Materials Collector’s Editions
Materials Film Tie-In Editions
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