Guardian Book Club with Philip Pullman
Author Philip Pullman will talk to Guardian chief books writer Lisa Allardice about The Secret Commonwealth, the second novel in the Book of Dust Trilogy,
Thursday 28th May, 2020 @ 7:00 pm
- Book Club
- In Conversation
- Questions & Answers
About the Event
We may be in lockdown, but many of us are using this time as an opportunity to catch up on all those books we've always been meaning to read. Please join us for a new online Book Club, in which the Guardian's chief books writer Lisa Allardice will be in conversation with leading writers, to discuss their best-loved novels, the creative process and isolation. They will also be answering your questions. Bring your own wine!
Author Philip Pullman will talk about The Secret Commonwealth, his second novel in the Book of Dust Trilogy.
Readers were first introduced to Lyra Belacqua, one of literature’s most memorable child heroines, in Pullman’s His Dark Materials trilogy in 1995, which won a Carnegie Medal and two Whitbread Prizes, and has since been adapted for the screen. Its fantasy world, of animal-shaped daemons, the shadowy Magisterium and armoured bears, captured the imagination of readers of all ages.
In The Secret Commonwealth, Pullman jumps forward a decade from the events of the first trilogy, to give us the story of Lyra as a young adult. An academic in the Oxford of her childhood, Lyra discovers that despite the events that concluded the Amber Spyglass, she remains a person of interest to the sinister and deadly Magisterium.
About the Book
Publisher:Penguin Books Ltd
Publication date:3 Oct 2019
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.