Chris Wormell is a British author/illustrator, as well as an accomplished artist and printmaker. Wormell had no formal artistic training, instead ploughing his way through a series of jobs as a road-sweeper, refuse collector and postman, until he developed an interest in wood engraving in the early 1980s. His first published picture books bore the influence of his wood and lino-cut work and it is a technique that he has returned to periodically in later books. From the start of the 21st century Wormell adapted his style to create more expansive landscapes in works such as The Wild Girl, The Sea Monster and the George and the Dragon books. In addition to his own writing, Wormell has provided illustrations for other authors, including Tim Winton and Philip Pullman’s Book of Dust series.
The second chapter in Philip Pullman’s epic trilogy, set twenty years after the tumultuous events of La Belle Sauvage, and seven years after the closing pages of His Dark Materials, The Secret Commonwealth: The Book of Dust Volume Two intertwines the stories of Lyra Silvertongue and Malcom Polstead as they face new and dangerous secrets. Journeying far from Oxford’s spires across the globe, this is an adventure like no other. A powerful story about the truths that underpin our world and what it truly means to grow up.