The Secret Commonwealth: The Book of Dust Volume Two (Hardback)
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The Secret Commonwealth: The Book of Dust Volume Two (Hardback)

The Secret Commonwealth: The Book of Dust Volume Two (Hardback)

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Hardback 784 Pages / Published: 03/10/2019
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Waterstones Says

Arriving ahead of the BBC’s much-anticipated adaptation of His Dark Materials, the second chapter in Philip Pullman’s epic trilogy, 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, the divisions that lie between love and responsibility and what it truly means to grow up.

‘It used to be you who was impulsive,’ said Pan, ‘and me who kept holding you back. We’re different now.’

A boy and a boat, a girl and her dæmon, their stories inextricably bound.

It is twenty years since the events of La Belle Sauvage: The Book of Dust Volume One unfolded and saw the baby Lyra Belacqua begin her life-changing journey.

It is seven years since readers left Lyra and the love of her young life, Will Parry, on a park bench in Oxford’s Botanic Gardens at the end of the ground-breaking, bestselling His Dark Materials sequence.

Now, in The Secret Commonwealth, we meet Lyra Silvertongue. And she is no longer a child...

The second volume of Sir Philip Pullman’s The Book of Dust sees Lyra, now twenty years old, and her dæmon Pantalaimon, forced to navigate their relationship in a way they could never have imagined, and drawn into the complex and dangerous factions a world that they had no idea existed.

Pulled along on his own journey too is Malcolm; once a boy with a boat and a mission to save a baby from the flood, now a man with a strong sense of duty and a desire to do what is right.

Theirs is a world at once familiar and extraordinary, and they must travel far beyond the edges of Oxford, across Europe and into Asia, in search for what is lost – a city haunted by dæmons, a secret at the heart of a desert, and the mystery of the elusive Dust.

The Secret Commonwealth is truly a book for our times; a powerful adventure and a thought-provoking look at what it is to understand yourself, to grow up and make sense of the world around you. This is storytelling at its very best from one of our greatest writers.

Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
ISBN: 9780241373330
Number of pages: 784
Dimensions: 240 x 156 mm


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Reviews for La Belle Sauvage: The Book of Dust Volume One

'Fans of His Dark Materials will find themselves joyfully immersed in a familiar world . . . meanwhile, awaiting first-time readers is all the pleasure of commencing their own journey into this most captivating of universes at the very beginning of Lyra's story.' - Independent

'No one else writes like Pullman . . . entirely worth the 17-year wait.' - Imogen Russell Williams, Metro 

'A rich, imaginative, vividly characterised rite-of-passage tale.' - Nicolette Jones, The Sunday Times 

'High-octane adventure accompanies ingenious plotting.' - The Times 

The Secret Commonwealth: The Book of Dust Volume Two

The Secret Commonwealth: The Book of Dust Volume Two

London - Piccadilly
Friday 7th June 00:01 - Saturday 30th November

As we build up for the release of The Secret Commonwealth: The Book of Dust Volume Two on 3rd October many of our shops will be planning celebratory activities and hosting book groups for the His Dark Materials sequence and La Belle Savage: The Book of Dust Volume One.

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His Dark Materials & La Belle Sauvage Book Group

His Dark Materials & La Belle Sauvage Book Group

Newton Mearns
Thursday 19th September 18:30 - 19:30

•What is Dust? •What do daemons represent? •What would your daemon be? Join us on Thursday the 19th of September from 6:30pm - 7:30pm as we discuss everything related to Philip Pullman's world. We'll have a recap of the 'His Dark Materials' trilogy and a discussion about 'Book of Dust' ahead of the publication of 'The Secret Commonwealth' - Book two in the trilogy La Belle Sauvage. Call the shop on 01416163933 to reserve your space for our Book Group evening and we look forward to seeing you on the night.

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Exclusive Launch of The Secret Commonwealth: The Book of Dust Volume Two with Philip Pullman and Guests

Exclusive Launch of The Secret Commonwealth: The Book of Dust Volume Two with Philip Pullman and Guests

London - Gower Street
Wednesday 2nd October 19:30

Join Philip Pullman and guests for a truly special launch event, hosted by Waterstones, on the evening before the official publication of The Secret Commonwealth: Book of Dust Volume Two.

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