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The Secret Commonwealth: The Book of Dust Volume Two

Written by Philip Pullman

Adventure Stories Fantasy / Magical Featured Books for 11+ readers Featured Books for 13+ readers Featured Books for Young Adults General Fiction

The Secret Commonwealth: The Book of Dust Volume Two Synopsis

It is twenty years since the events of La Belle Sauvage: The Book of Dust Volume One unfolded and saw the baby Lyra Belacqua begin her life-changing journey.

It is almost ten years since readers left Lyra and the love of her young life, Will Parry, on a park bench in Oxford's Botanic Gardens at the end of the ground-breaking, bestselling His Dark Materials sequence.

Now, in The Secret Commonwealth, we meet Lyra Silvertongue. And she is no longer a child . . .

The second volume of Philip Pullman's The Book of Dust sees Lyra, now twenty years old, and her daemon Pantalaimon, forced to navigate their relationship in a way they could never have imagined, and drawn into the complex and dangerous factions of a world that they had no idea existed. Pulled along on his own journey too is Malcolm; once a boy with a boat and a mission to save a baby from the flood, now a man with a strong sense of duty and a desire to do what is right.

Theirs is a world at once familiar and extraordinary, and they must travel far beyond the edges of Oxford, across Europe and into Asia, in search for what is lost - a city haunted by daemons, a secret at the heart of a desert, and the mystery of the elusive Dust.

The Secret Commonwealth is truly a book for our times; a powerful adventure and a thought-provoking look at what it is to understand yourself, to grow up and make sense of the world around you. This is storytelling at its very best from one of our greatest writers. 

The Secret Commonwealth: The Book of Dust Volume Two Press Reviews

High-octane adventure accompanies ingenious plotting - The Times

A rich, imaginative, vividly characterised rite-of-passage tale - Nicolette Jones, The Sunday Times

No one else writes like Pullman . . . entirely worth the 17-year wait - Imogen Russell Williams, Metro

REVIEWS FOR LA BELLE SAUVAGE: THE BOOK OF DUST VOLUME ONE: Fans of His Dark Materials will find themselves joyfully immersed in a familiar world . . . 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 - Independent

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ISBN: 9780241373330
Publication date: 03/10/2019
Publisher: Penguin and David Fickling Books an imprint of Penguin Books Ltd
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9780241373330
Publication date: 3rd October 2019
Author: Philip Pullman
Publisher: Penguin and David Fickling Books an imprint of Penguin Books Ltd
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 704 pages
Suitable for: 11+ readers, 13+ readers, YA readers
Genres: Adventure Stories, Fantasy / Magical, General Fiction

About Philip Pullman

Philip Pullman is the author of the multi-award winning fantasy trilogy His Dark Materials. He has won numerous awards for his children’s books, including the Carnegie Medal, the Guardian Children's Book Award, the Smarties Prize, the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award, the Whitbread Book of the Year Award and a CBE. In 2008, The Times named Pullman as one of the 50 greatest writers since 1945. Philip Pullman lives in Oxford with his wife, and has two sons. Read more the author here.   Author photo © Michael Leckie portrait.  

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