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  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Scholastic; Junior edition (3 Oct. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1407139754
  • ISBN-13: 978-1407139753
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.8 x 19.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 152,301 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Philip Pullman was born in Norwich on 19th October 1946. The early part of his life was spent travelling all over the world, because his father and then his stepfather were both in the Royal Air Force. He spent part of his childhood in Australia, where he first met the wonders of comics, and grew to love Superman and Batman in particular. From the age of 11, he lived in North Wales, having moved back to Britain. It was a time when children were allowed to roam anywhere, to play in the streets, to wander over the hills, and he took full advantage of it. His English teacher, Miss Enid Jones, was a big influence on him, and he still sends her copies of his books.

After he left school he went to Exeter College, Oxford, to read English. He did a number of odd jobs for a while, and then moved back to Oxford to become a teacher. He taught at various middle schools for twelve years, and then moved to Westminster College, Oxford, to be a part-time lecturer. He taught courses on the Victorian novel and on the folk tale, and also a course examining how words and pictures fit together. He eventually left teaching in order to write full-time.

His first published novel was for adults, but he began writing for children when he was a teacher. Some of his novels were based on plays he wrote for his school pupils, such as The Ruby In The Smoke. He is best known for the award winning His Dark Materials series, consisting of Northern Lights, The Subtle Knife and The Amber Spyglass.

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Sally-Anne on 2 Jan. 2004
Format: Audio Cassette
If you have any imagination, the chances are, you'll enjoy this book. If you're also a bit lazy and decadent (like me) you'll enjoy the audiobook. What could be nicer than to curl up in a big armchair, in front of a roaring fire, snuggled in a blanket, with a cup of hot cocoa listening to the voice of the story teller, over the sound of the howling gale and snow storm outside and the crackle of the fire inside - with your cat on your lap and your dog at your feet? Of course now we have global warming, you'll probably have to imagine the snow and fire. That shouldn't be a problem if you have an imagination.
The audiobook is excellent. You needn't worry about some bunch of producers, directors, editors and general story manglers hacking the story to bits, cutting out all your favourite parts and reassembling what's left in a way that makes it unrecognisable. Philip Pullman narrates. It's his story so he and his team tell it as it was meant to be told. I experienced the same set of emotions, in the same order as I did when I read the book. Lyra's wonder, Lyra's joy, Lyra's curiosity, hope, fear, outrage, indignation, loss, determination - and her affection and attachment to all the remarkable people who become her friends. And again, it struck me as a sad thing, that we don't have daemons of our own in this world as they do in her world. The fact that Lyra loves and respects for her daemon, Pan, means that she loves and respects herself because Pan is part of her. That seems like a splendid idea.
Lyra has a destiny that she must not be told about or it won't be fulfilled. As far as she's concerned, she just has to escape from the dreadful Mrs Coulter, rescue her friend, Roger from the gobblers and deliver the alethiometer to Lord Asriel. Little does she anticipate the adventures that await ....
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The last time I read the book before listening to this was several months ago, and its just as good as I remember. The storytelling is good, the setting and mythology are superb, and best of all it's completely unabridged!So you don't miss out on anything. Would recommend it to anyone, whether they've read the book or not.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By "thelastplaceyoulook" on 2 Dec. 2003
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From the very first spoken word to the time when you'll wish that there were still three more books left to read. Your mind will be captivated by the sparkling and beautiful imagmation of both the authors voice and his words. The subtlety with which Pullman intertwines the five or six main universe's (and numerous others) is oustanding. The main protagonist, Lyra and her daemon Pantalaimon, a young girl who travels from her beloved Oxford (in a different universe to ours) through our universe and then several other universe's in order to do something that she must have no knowledge of. Pullman's wonderous descriptions of co-existing landscapes and alternate universe's compel the listener to travel with him to all of his creations and once discovered move on with a hunger that can only be satisfied by listening to the next chapter.
There are no dwarves, goblins, trolls or elves in this fantasy story, instead Pullman had created an entire catalogue of flora and fauna for each of the different universe's we visit.
there are mighty armoured bears that live in the far north, there are the boat people of norfolk - the Gyptians, the skraelings, flying witches of the north, the spectres of Cittagazze and of course the daemons that we all have outside of us or inside in some cases
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The quality of the writing is excellent and I have given the stars reflecting this. I did not engage fully with the story line. It was a bit Dr. Whoish for me but that is down to individual taste. It is a quality read and has a considerable following.
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My son read these books at school and wanted his own copies. Really enjoyed them but would say they have to be at least Yr 6 to get to grips with it.
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I enjoyed all three of His Dark Materials, this was the first one, which really drew me in to the story.
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By Jill K. Andrew on 10 Feb. 2015
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Brilliant book, no wonder it's won so many awards, good cross-over book for children & adults.
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