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.”
And it’s parody books leading sales
With Mother’s Day this weekend everyone is trying to get their slice of the Mother’s Day sales and the selection of books featuring in Mother’s Day displays in independent bookshops up and down the country is plentiful.
Bookshops have some great ideas for book gifts this Mother’s Day but it’s the parody books that are stealing a big slice of the market. Read More
Toto: The Dog-Gone Amazing Story of the Wizard of Oz on Pre-order Now
HarperCollins has confirmed that it will be publishing a retelling of Frank Baum’s classic The Wonderful Wizard of Oz written by children’s author and former Children’s Laureate Michael Morpurgo. The news was announced at the London Book Fair this week, and is already sending waves of excitement through the industry. Read More
Fans are keen to hear news of the new book, and one plucky fan today asked Rowling for a clue to the book name, in which Rowling answered in kind, starting a huge Twitter frenzy. Here’s that first exchange: Read More
Nabokov’s Favourite Word Is Mauve By Ben Blatt.
Available for pre-order now!
Ben Blatt, former staff writer for Slate and The Harvard Lampoon, and co-author of I Don’t Care If We Never Go Back, has a new book coming out that will appeal to those of us who geek out over literary statistics and bookish facts. Ben, a journalist with a penchant for collecting and analysing data, has delved into our favourite authors’ words and found some surprising, and not so surprising, conclusions.
Nabokov’s Favourite Word Is Mauve: What the Numbers Reveal About the Classics, Bestsellers, and Our Own Writing is out on 14th March 2017 in hardback, and 23rd of March on Kindle, and you can pre-order now. Read More
This new release begins:
“Imagine a sisterhood – across all creeds and cultures. An unspoken agreement that we, as women, will support and encourage one another. That we will remember we don’t know what struggles each of us may be facing elsewhere in our lives and so we will assume that each of us is doing our best…”