Posted by Jaya on August 17, 2017 in Audio Editions, Book of Dust 1: La Belle Sauvage
Michael Sheen is narrating the audiobook version of La Belle Sauvage, which will be released later this year.
It turns out Michael Sheen is a big HDM fan! He said “The His Dark Materials trilogy had a profound effect on me…. It was a true privilege to be asked to record La Belle Sauvage, the first book of this new work. It was genuinely one of the most thrilling and enjoyable experiences I’ve had”
Pullman also said he’d long admired Michael Sheen and was pleased that he was willing to read the audiobooks.
You can read more about this and hear an extract of Michael Sheen’s reading here on Penguin’s website.
Posted by Jaya on August 12, 2017 in Book of Dust 1: La Belle Sauvage, Philip Pullman
If you want to get your copy of La Belle Sauvage signed, Pullman will be at Blackwell’s Bookshop on Broad Street in Oxford at 3.30pm on 19 October.
Pullman revealed that Oxford’s rivers and canals are a key part of the story and that the ruined 12th century Godstow Abbey has been brought back to life.
He joked that he set the book in Oxford because he is “lazy” and “didn’t want to research anywhere else.”
Pullman calls for reintroduction of fixed book prices after La Belle Sauvage is discounted by book-selling giants
Posted by Jaya on August 4, 2017 in Philip Pullman
Pullman has called for a reintroduction of a minimum price for books, speaking to the Sunday Times this week. He wants to protect independent bookshops, particularly after independent booksellers criticised heavy discounts for La Belle Sauvage by bookselling giants in the UK such as Amazon, Tesco, and Waterstones, who are selling it for £10 insstead of the R.R.P. of £20.
As the Sunday Times is behind a paywall, you can read more about the issue with articles on the following sites:
- The Guardian: Philip Pullman leads writers condemning pernicious book discounts
- The Bookseller: Pullman calls for reintroduction of fixed book prices
- New Statestman: Have independent bookshops worked out how to survive in the age of Amazon?
- The Times: His dark Amazon: Philip Pullman wants curbs to save bookshops (behind a paywall)
- The Bookseller: Indie bookshops slam heavy discounting on Pullman
Posted by Jaya on July 17, 2017 in Adaptions, Grimm Tales
This August, Chichester Festival Youth Theatre is performing Pullman’s retelling of Brothers Grimm tales. The performance has been adapted by Philip Wilson and is directed by Dale Rooks.
It will be performed at the Cass Sculpture Foundation on the Goodwood Estate in West Sussex, England from 4th to 19th August 2017. Tickets start at £25 and can be bought here.
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Posted by Jaya on July 7, 2017 in Book of Dust, Philip Pullman
Following the Grenfell Tower fire in London, in which over 80 people lost their lives, Pullman joined other authors and celebrities in a charity auction to raise money for the affected residents.
For his lot, Pullman offered to name a character in Volume 2 of The Book of Dust, and this raised £32,400 after James Clements, a teacher of a pupil who died in the fire, suggested the character should be named in memory of his former pupil: Nur Huda el-Wahabi.
Read more about the auction in The Guardian.