Philip Pullman Announces Companion Trilogy to ‘His Dark Materials’

By February 16, 2017New Releases, News

Author Philip Pullman shot to fame in 1995 when he published the first installment in ‘His Dark Materials’ trilogy, which finished in the year 2000. Consisting of The Golden Compass, The Subtle Knife, and The Amber Spyglass, these fantasy books went on to sell over 17.5 million copies, have been translated into over 40 languages, and, in the case of The Golden Compass, was adapted into a Hollywood film starring Danial Craig and Nicole Kidman.

Fans of His Dark Materials will be pleased to read that Pullman has now announced a new companion trilogy to the original series. The new series will be called The Book of Dust and the first installment is set to be released on October 19. The Book of Dust will return to the world and characters found in His Dark Materials, including The Golden Compass’ heroine, Lyra. The first book will take place ten years before the events of The Golden Compass, when Lyra was just an infant. The following two books will be set ten years after and will follow Lyra as a woman.

Pullman stated to NPR that he doesn’t want readers to consider the new trilogy as a simple expansion to the original books, but as a companion.
“The [new] story begins before His Dark Materials and continues after it,” he said, “… you don’t have to read it before you read [the original trilogy] … this is another story that comes after it, so it’s not a sequel, and it’s not a prequel, it’s an equal.”

The title, The Book of Dust, references an invisible elementary particle featured in the earlier books that has a strong link to human consciousness. Pullman explained, saying: “That’s what I really wanted to explore in this new work,” he said. “More about the nature of Dust, and consciousness, and what it means to be a human being.”

Since the end of the original His Dark Materials trilogy, Pullman has followed it up with two novellas and an audiobook. He stated he feels it’s time to revisit the world with a full trilogy as “I sensed a big story. I sensed the presence, in the way that you do, of another story that hadn’t been told, and I went closer and … thought about it and lived with it for a while and discovered that yes, it was a big story, and it did deserve to be told, it deserves its own books.”

New Short Stories Collections Coming from P. G Wodehouse

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P. G Wodehouse is timelessly classic, funny, and incredibly entertaining so it’s hardly surprising that desire for his work has continued long after his death. This week with the news that Hutchinson/Arrow has renewed the publishing license for Wodehouse’s work for a further ten years is more news about some new short stories coming this year!

Fans were already treated to the publications of Highballs for Breakfast (USUK) late last year, a collection of passages dedicated to drinking taken from the best of Wodehouse. It was an instant bestseller last Christmas and did very well in the literary gift market. Read More

Die Hard is being adapted into a Christmas book

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Die Hard is one of the most beloved Christmas films of all time, right up there with A Muppet Christmas Carol and It’s a Wonderful Life. Despite being an R-rated action film about a tough cop saving the day from a group of terrorists, there’s still something about Die Hard that brings out the Christmas cheer in us.

Whilst it’s a treat for more mature audiences, Die Hard certainly isn’t suitable for kids, until now! This Christmas, you can tuck your little ones into bed and send them off to the land of nod with this children book that teaches young one the story of the no nonsense cop John McClane.

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Bram Stoker’s Great-Grandnephew to Write Official Prequel to Dracula

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Bram Stoker’s Dracula has become a modern classic since it was first published over 100 years ago in 1897. The book has since inspired countless stage, film, and television adaptations and Dracula has become one of the most iconic monsters of all time. Fans of the original novel will be pleased to learn that Bram Stoker’s great-grand nephew, Dacre Stoker, is working on an official sequel to the book called Dracul. Read More

7 Collections of Short Stories Selected For You

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Short stories are generally considered to be short enough to be read in one sitting. They are longer than 1,000 words, or else they are considered ‘flash fiction’, but shorter than 10,000 words. They encompass all that is involved in your regular novel- from exposition to resolution- carried through in one swift story and far less complex than a full fiction novel.

The short story dates back to the traditional form of oral storytelling which, for obvious reasons, could not take hours to resolve. Long tales (such as Homer’s Odyssey) would be recited in sections- often with rhyme and rhythm to aid remembering each verse. Often separate short tales would be told but would be linked in some way (such as Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales).

2017 has seen this traditional form flourish still, and remain ever more popular. Perhaps modern life calls for shorter, snappier tales to fit in with our busy lives?

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John Green Reads the First Chapter of Turtles All the Way Down

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In June we brought you the news that John Green is releasing a new novel and Turtles all the Way down releases on October 10th. Fans of the author, whose past releases include The Stars in Our Eyes and Looking for Alaska, have responded enthusiastically about the release. If you can hardly wait until October then this week John Green has read the first chapter on his You Tube channel.

John Green is an enthusiastic You Tuber, and a big reading advocate. His channel is a varied explosion of creativity, books, literature and life and fans of the author should probably subscribe. Read More

Pope Francis to Release a Book on Happiness

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Happiness in this Life out December

Pope Francis is no stranger to publishing, releasing his first book ‘The Name of God is Mercy’ in 2016. Now we hear from Pan Macmillan’s imprint Bluebird that they have acquired the rights to a new book by the pontiff full of his thoughts on Happiness.

The new release will be published in hardback on 5th December 2017 and will be called Happiness in this Life: A Passionate Meditation on Material Existence and is earmarked as an uplifting read and likely to be a Christmas bestseller. Read More



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