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A two-play dramatisation of Philip Pullman's extraordinary award-winning fantasy trilogy, first seen at the National Theatre.

His Dark Materials takes us on a thrilling journey through worlds familiar and unknown. For Lyra and Will, its two central characters, it's a coming of age and a transforming spiritual experience. Their great quest demands a savage struggle against the most dangerous of enemies. They encounter fantastical creatures in parallel worlds—rebellious angels, ...

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Overview

A two-play dramatisation of Philip Pullman's extraordinary award-winning fantasy trilogy, first seen at the National Theatre.

His Dark Materials takes us on a thrilling journey through worlds familiar and unknown. For Lyra and Will, its two central characters, it's a coming of age and a transforming spiritual experience. Their great quest demands a savage struggle against the most dangerous of enemies. They encounter fantastical creatures in parallel worlds—rebellious angels, soul-eating spectres, child-catching Gobblers and the armoured bears and witch-clans of the Arctic. Finally, before reaching, perhaps, the republic of heaven, they must visit the land of the dead.

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  • ISBN-13: 9781841593425
  • Publisher: Tuttle Publishing
  • Publication date: 10/28/2011

Meet the Author

Philip  Pullman

Philip Pullman is the author of of several novels for adults and children, but it was the His Dark Materials trilogy that gained him world-wide fame and made him the first children's writer to win the Whitbread Award.

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Interesting facts about Philip Pullman and his books:
  • The Amber Spyglass was the first children's book to be named the Whitbread Book of the Year.

  • Among the other awards Pullman has received are Britain's prestigious Eleanor Farjeon Award and the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award (a sort of Nobel Prize for children's literature) honoring his entire body of work.

  • Pullman enjoys playing the piano. "I'd like to play it well," he quips on his website. "But I can't, so the rest of the family has to put up with my playing it badly."

  • Pullman persuaded his publisher to let him illustrate the first two books of His Dark Materials with small, symbolic pen and ink drawings at the start of each chapter. Although these illustrations were left out of first editions in the U.S., they have been included in later editions. The third book of the trilogy, The Amber Spyglass does not have illustrations, but chapters begin with quotations from some of Pullman's favorite writers, like John Milton, William Blake, and Emily Dickinson.

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      1. Hometown:
        Oxford, England
      1. Date of Birth:
        October 19, 1946
      2. Place of Birth:
        Norwich, England
      1. Education:
        Exeter College, Oxford University
      2. Website:

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    • Posted September 23, 2009

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      i hate this series!!

      i have read from the start!the golden compass threw to lyra's oxford and philip pullman just stops the book. and it makes me mad how he did that. i really loved all 4 books but i just dont see why they just ended they way they did. it gives hints that there is more to the story that we dont know. i have looked all over for the "missing books" to find out if they have what the other books are missing. i have not benn sucessful and i dont think i will be.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted October 26, 2006

      armored f**king bears end of story

      it is not for people with no attention span. oh! and should never b made into a beeping movie

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    • Anonymous

      Posted September 22, 2004

      Great Book for Adolescents

      This series was awesome. It was full of magic and adventure of every kind and it also had a touch of romance. It was mysterious and fantastical. These books were terrific and teens shouldn't miss it!!!

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