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His Dark Materials

Written by Philip Pullman

Part of the His Dark Materials Series

Fantasy / Magical Featured Books for 11+ readers Featured Books for 13+ readers Recommended Children's eBooks

LoveReading View on His Dark Materials

The three volumes of this award-winning trilogy are beautifully presented in this mighty single volume.   Set in two parallel universes, the story of Lyra, a young orphan and her demon Pantalaimon begins in Oxford. Swept up in a dangerous plot against children, Lyra and Pantalaimon set off for the frozen north on a terrifying mission to save the children from their terrible fate. The subsequent volumes follows Lyra on her quest to discover more about the mysterious substance, Dust. One of the finest contemporary books, His Dark Materials enjoyed by adults as children alike.


His Dark Materials Synopsis

The extraordinary story moves between parallel universes. Beginning in Oxford, it takes Lyra and her animal-daemon Pantalaimon on a dangerous rescue mission to the ice kingdoms of the far North, where she begins to learn about the mysterious particles they call Dust - a substance for which a terrible war between different worlds will be fought... This trilogy is one of the great imaginative works in the English language. And it contains one of the bestillains in all literature . (Terry Jones). Philip Pullman has won the CILIP Carnegie Medal, the Guardian Children's Fiction Award, the Children's Book of the Year - British Book Awards, the Whitbread Book of the Year, the Eleanor Farjeon Award and the Astrid Lindgren Award.

His Dark Materials was chosen by the public as one of ‘the ten books the nation can’t live without’. 

Have you read them all? Below are links to each title and position on the list.

1.   Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

2.   The Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkien

3.   Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë

4.   Harry Potter by JK Rowling

5.   To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

6.   The Bible

7.   Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë

8.   Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell

9.   His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman

10.  Great Expectations by Charles Dickens

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ISBN: 9781407135595
Publication date: 04/10/2012
Publisher: Scholastic
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781407135595
Publication date: 4th October 2012
Author: Philip Pullman
Publisher: Scholastic
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 1024 pages
Suitable for: 11+ readers, 13+ readers
Genres: Fantasy / Magical
Recommendations: eBooks
Other Categories: Bookshelf Essentials

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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