Posted by Jaya August 28th, 2017
Philip Pullman will be doing a talk about Storytelling in Bath on 4th November. He’ll be talking about his new collection of essays, Daemon Voices, which reflects a lifetime of writing with each carefully curated story a meditation on the power and importance of storytelling.
You can book tickets here on the Topping Books website.
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Posted by Jaya August 12th, 2017
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.”
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Pullman calls for reintroduction of fixed book prices after La Belle Sauvage is discounted by book-selling giants
Posted by Jaya August 4th, 2017
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
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Posted by Jaya July 7th, 2017
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.
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Posted by Jaya July 3rd, 2017
If you’ve missed the news, there’s been quite a few updates on the first installment of The Book of Dust, including the title of the first book being revealed as La Belle Sauvage. We know that “some of the story is set during a massive flood” and that “Lyra is at the centre of the story”.
The hardback will be released on 19th October 2017, Pullman’s birthday. Following the release, Pullman will also be appearing at the at the Southbank Centre as part of the London Literature Festival (20th October 2017). He’ll be revealing why he has come back to Lyra’s world 22 years after the release of Northern Lights/The Golden Compass. Tickets are £20-£45 and will be on sale soon.
You can read an extract from chapter 10 of La Belle Sauvage below the cut or on The Guardian’s website where it was released. The extract is set shortly after Lyra’s birth, identifies our new hero, Malcolm Polstead, and reveals just who is La Belle Sauvage….
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