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The Subtle Knife - His Dark Materials (Paperback)
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The Subtle Knife - His Dark Materials (Paperback)

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Paperback 368 Pages / Published: 05/03/2015
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The second volume in Philip Pullman's incredible His Dark Materials trilogy, re-issued with a striking newly-designed cover by Chris Wormell to celebrate the publication of La Belle Sauvage, the first volume in The Book of Dust

"What is he? A friend, or an enemy?”…

"He is a murderer."

Will has just killed a man.

Frightened and with nowhere safe to turn, he runs.

His escape will take him far beyond his own world, to the eerie disquiet of the deserted city of Cittàgaze, and to a girl, Lyra Belacqua, who comes from a world that runs in parallel to his own.

As they learn to trust each other, Will and Lyra’s fates become intertwined and their safety dependent upon each other’s skill and bravery. For somewhere in the city is the most powerful weapon in all creation, a knife to cut through worlds. A knife that responds only to the hand intended to wield it.

 ‘Without stories, we wouldn’t be human beings at all.’ - Philip Pullman

‘As always, Pullman is a master at combining impeccable characterizations and seamless plotting, maintaining a crackling pace to create scene upon scene of almost unbearable tension. This glittering gem will leave readers of all ages eagerly awaiting the next instalment of Lyra’s adventures.’— Publishers Weekly

About His Dark Materials:

Published by Scholastic between 1995 and 2000, the His Dark Materials trilogy is widely regarded as a modern classic and is probably the series Waterstones’ booksellers most frequently cite as their favourite.

Its heroine, Lyra Belacqua, frequently tops polls as an all-time favourite character, appearing in the Top 10 Favourite Heroes on World Book Day 2016. The New Statesman wrote of the trilogy: “Once in a lifetime a children’s author emerges who is so extraordinary that the imagination of generations is altered… The most ambitious work since The Lord of the Rings, [His Dark Materials] is as intellectually thrilling as it is magnificently written.”

Individually, the three books of His Dark Materials – Northern LightsThe Subtle Knife and The Amber Spyglass – have won several literary prizes, counting amongst them the Carnegie Medal (1996) and Carnegie of Carnegies (2007) and the Costa Award (2001).

The books have been adapted for stage and screen countless times, including Nicholas Wright’s acclaimed 2004 stage adaptation of His Dark Materials, directed by Nicholas Hytner at the National Theatre. His Dark Materials will appear once again in a BBC One adaptation in 2018, adapted by Jack Thorne and produced by Bad Wolf and New Line Cinema. The BBC called the upcoming adaptation “a drama event for young and old - a real family treat that shows [the BBC’s] commitment to original and ambitious storytelling.”

Publisher: Scholastic
ISBN: 9781407154183
Number of pages: 368
Weight: 240 g
Dimensions: 198 x 133 x 24 mm

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“Fantastic follow-up”

I wouldn't recommend reading this before 'Northern Lights' by the same author - it really does follow on and you may get quite lost if you don't!
That said I can heartily recommend both titles... More

Paperback edition
16th March 2010
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“Fantastic follow-up”

I wouldn't recommend reading this before 'Northern Lights' by the same author - it really does follow on and you may get quite lost if you don't!
That said I can heartily recommend both titles... More

Paperback edition
16th March 2010
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“Can be complex”

The Subtle Knife is the second novel in His Dark Materials trilogy. I found this story hooked me on and kept me reading, right up until the very end when you get a very suspenceful cliffhanger.

One thing I will... More

Paperback edition
14th December 2011
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