If you’ve missed the news, there’s been quite a few updates on the first installment of The Book of Dust, including the title of the first book being revealed as La Belle Sauvage. We know that “some of the story is set during a massive flood” and that “Lyra is at the centre of the story”.
The hardback will be released on 19th October 2017, Pullman’s birthday. Following the release, Pullman will also be appearing at the at the Southbank Centre as part of the London Literature Festival (20th October 2017). He’ll be revealing why he has come back to Lyra’s world 22 years after the release of Northern Lights/The Golden Compass. Tickets are £20-£45 and will be on sale soon.
Don’t forget you can pre-order the book on Amazon UK here or here (US cover).
You can read an extract from chapter 10 of La Belle Sauvage below the cut or on The Guardian’s website where it was released. The extract is set shortly after Lyra’s birth, identifies our new hero, Malcolm Polstead, and reveals just who is La Belle Sauvage….
This week, Philip Pullman spoke to BBC Radio Wales about whether children are reading books that are too easy, as well as giving us another snippet about the book of dust. You can listen to the radio interview here between 26:30 and 30:00. If you aren’t able to listen, we’ve transcribed it below.
This month, you have the chance to see not one but two amateur productions of the His Dark Materials stage adaptation in the UK.
Between 14th and 18th March, you can see the youth arm of the Southport Dramatic Club put on their production of the stage play in Southport. If you’re looking for tickets, the Box Office opens on 6th March.
The Progress Theatre in Reading is performing their amateur production between 23rd March and 1st April, and you can buy tickets now with a £2 discount if you book parts 1 and 2 together.
Attending one of these shows? Let us know as we’d love to post a review from a fan.