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The Butterfly Tattoo [Unabridged] [Paperback]

Philip Pullman
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2 Sep 2005
A tense, romantic thriller by one of the world's greatest children's writers.

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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Young Picador; 2 edition (2 Sep 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0330397966
  • ISBN-13: 978-0330397964
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 13 x 20 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 230,885 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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Philip Pullman is a highly acclaimed author of books for young people. His Dark Materials: Northern Lights won three awards in 1996; The Firework-Maker's Daughter won the 1996 Smarties Gold Award and Clockwork was shortlisted for the Whitbread Book of the Year 1997. The Butterfly Tattoo is an engrossing and agonising thriller. What starts out as an apparently harmless holiday job for 17-year-old Oxford 'A' level student Chris Marshall, slowly but surely turns into something quite other. Unhappy and traumatised by the break up of his parents' marriage, things start looking up for Chris when he falls in love with the beautiful, emotionally bruised Jenny. But then his boss's dangerously shady past slowly but surely starts catching up with him and before he knows it Chris has become the innocent cause of death and disaster. An ingeniously plotted, simply written and grippingly readable thriller which involves the reader in deep questions about the nature of innocence, criminality and social responsibility. --Tamsin Palmer --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Chris falls in love with Jenny the moment he sets eyes on her at an Oxford ball. She's beautiful but secretive and he can't help but want to be with her. But fate is cruel and, as their relationship blossoms, tragedy and violence wait in the wings. Chris’s boss has a shady past that won’t stay hidden. And his ruthless enemies will use two innocent teenagers to exact their revenge on him . . .

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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pullman pulls it off again 5 July 2005
By A Customer
This is a re-issue of an early Pullman novel, previously titled The White Mercedes. I hadn't read previously read it, but I saw the reviews for this and decided to check it out as a possible class text with EFL students. It has the Pullman trademark prose voice, a very matter of fact style, but layered with imagery and pulling no punches. It is a neatly devised plot and a moving story, but as a previous reviewer has noted, it is not a children's book. Teenagers of 14-18 will enjoy it, but younger readers need to be aware that it is quite an adult book. The book is cool, chilling and speedy to read.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just Brilliant! 19 Dec 2003
When I read this book I thought it was brilliant. Philip Pullman is a spectacular storyteller and in my opinion this is one of his best. Did you know that this was one of his first books published? Whenever I mention it to my friends they say they have never heard of it and many people haven't as it is no way near as famous at 'His Dark Materials Trilogy, but just as good. Yes, the ending may be slightly predictable but that should not put you off reading it, it is compelling and beautiful. One of my favourite books of all time.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars intelligent, innocent and ironic 30 Dec 2005
Another unputdownable and evocative read in my ever-expanding collection of Phillip Pullman books. He fails to disappoint yet again.
The opening line leaves you in no doubt that this is another emotional page-turner set in one of Phillip Pullman’s many beautiful Oxfords’.
The Butterfly Tattoo, set in modern Oxford, tackles difficult issues through a story of love and innocence. The storyline is a little predictable but it allows you to focus on the key points being explored through the main characters, modern issues such as divorce, abuse and mistrust.
It’s not fighting for the top spot in my book collection but it definitely is a must read for Pullman fans.
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38 of 44 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not a children's book 28 July 2003
By A Customer
Having been thrilled by the Dark Materials Trilogy, I thought I would introduce my daughter (aged 9 and an avid reader) to Philip Pullman, as he is essentailly a children's author. I read the book first to check it was suitable for her and would most certainly classify this as an adult novel. Whilst it is a brilliantly written and is a clever story (albeit with a slightly predictable ending) I would not allow a child to read it. It has a bit of mild teenage sex and the overall tone it is too dark for children.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars good book - visibly one of his earlies 16 Nov 2005
I don't understand what anyone's problem is with this not being a children's book - Pullmann is a great writer, and I believe he writes what comes to him, whatever the audience. I hate labelling authors as "children" or "adult", and I don't recall big red letters on the cover saying "for under 10 only".
In any case, the book is good, not a lasting masterwork of fiction, for that the end is somewhat unpolished - but I should note that that is only in comparison with his brilliant later work. It is definitely worth reading.
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brillint book, you really should read this!!! 29 May 2001
By A Customer
I loved every page of this book, i read it before i read his dark materials and i was transfixed by yet another of philip pullmans complex plots. However, i did find the plot slightly predictable, but it was still really really good. This book was originally called the white mercedes so you might have read it already.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A classic 30 May 2001
By A Customer
if you haven't read this book have you been locked in a cave? superb it has everything and has one of the most sad and dramatic ending ever.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The most miserable book I've ever read 23 Oct 2000
By A Customer
The Butterfly Tattoo is just the most tragic, frustrating, HEARTbreaking book I have ever read. I was crying my eyes out for Jenny at the end. Even so, it's really well-written if not a bit slow at times. I'd reccomend it to anyone who likes being seriously depressed.
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