Book of the Week: The Book of Dust: La Belle Sauvage
The long-awaited new novel from Philip Pullman is here at last! In The Book of Dust: La Belle Sauvage, we return to the same world of His Dark Materials, ten years before the events of Northern Lights. The first of three volumes, this book explores the origins of Lyra Belacqua.
"Calm rivers and still backwaters and shallow canals were one thing. This was another thing entirely."
Eleven-year-old Malcolm Polstead and his daemon, Asta, live with his parents at the Trout Inn near Oxford. Across the River Thames (which Malcolm navigates often using his beloved canoe, a boat by the name of La Belle Sauvage) is the Godstow Priory where the nuns live. Malcolm learns they have a guest with them; a baby by the name of Lyra Belacqua...
"Pullman’s immense powers of kinaesthetic visualisation keep the story pulsing on an epic scale" - The Guardian