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

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'.

Waterstones - Gower Street, London

Wednesday 2nd October, 2019 @ 7:30 pm

  • Book Launch
  • In Conversation
  • Questions & Answers
  • Talk


About the Event

This event will take readers on a thrilling journey into Lyra's world at the recently restored theatre at Alexandra Palace in North London, and offers the opportunity to be one of the first to get a signed copy of Philip Pullman's new book.

Tickets are £35 including entry and a pre-signed copy of The Secret Commonwealth: Book of Dust Volume Two or £55 including entry and a Waterstones exclusive signed slipcase edition of The Secret Commonwealth, featuring an embossed raven dæmons, or £20 for general admission.

The Secret Commonwealth is set 20 years after the events of La Belle Sauvage: The Book of Dust Volume Oneunfolded, and seven years after readers left Lyra Silvertongue and Will Parry on a park bench in Oxford's Botanic Gardens in The Amber Spyglass, the final book in the His Dark Materials sequence.

The new book takes readers on an exhilarating new journey as student Lyra negotiates a complex and dangerous new world as an adult, venturing across Europe and into Asia, in search of an elusive town said to be haunted by dæmons.

It is a timely exploration of what it is to be human, to grow up and make sense of the world around us, from one of the UK's greatest writers.

If you have any questions about this event please contact events@waterstones.com

Venue Information

Waterstones - Gower Street
82 Gower Street
United Kingdom

About the Book

The Secret Commonwealth: The Book of Dust Volume Two
The Secret Commonwealth: The Book of Dust Volume Two

Philip Pullman, Christopher Wormell

Publisher:Penguin Books Ltd

Publication date:3 Oct 2019


3.69 out of 5
15 reviews
"It is the plausibility of the alternative universe, its proximity, rather than its remoteness, which makes it so compelling."
The Daily Telegraph
"a vivid portrait of the often painful transition to adulthood and autonomy, laced with a moral purpose that is not without ambiguity or doubt."
Financial Times
"Pullman nods to the refugee crisis and the state of democracy in his masterly second tale in the Book of Dust series"
The Observer
"Pullman is a consummate and gifted storyteller and his narrative skill and linguistic dexterity are on full display here"
Irish Times
"adds to the complexity without reaching the heights of the first."
The Sunday Times
"It’s a ripping yarn but our heroine needs a good talking to"
The Times
"He is here in a bog of his own making, even if it’s a bog with lots of marsh sprites. But it’s still a cracking story."
Evening Standard
"To read Pullman is to experience the world refreshed, aglow, in Technicolor."
"for those who loved the originals, there are many treats"
The Scotsman
"The Secret Commonwealth displays Philip Pullman’s miraculous gifts for storytelling"
New Statesman

The second volume of Philip Pullman's The Book of Dust sees Lyra, now twenty years old, and her daemon Pantalaimon, forced to navigate their relationship in a way they could never have imagined, and drawn into the complex and dangerous factions of 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.