Pullman is not only Oxford's finest contemporary author but he is
also one of the country's finest writers enjoying international
acclaim for his books.
2001 The Amber Spyglass from His Dark Materials trilogy
won him the Whitbread Book of the Year prize. Now, boosted by it's
inclusion in the BBC's Big Read top 21, the trilogy has over taken
the Harry Potter books in the sales charts.
2002 Pullman's trilogy sold 748,099 copies beaten only by sales
of The Lord of The Rings which was written by Oxford author
such success under Philip's belt it is little wonder that fans are
so eagerly awaiting his latest book, Lyra's Oxford which
is released on November 6, 2003.
was originally meant to be a short story which developed the local
Oxford connections in his books but it rapidly developed into a
wonderful story which incorporating maps and illustrations by the
master illustrator and engraver John Lawrence.
book stands alone from the trilogy, and can be read as such or as
a companion to the other titles and starts after the end of The
Amber Spyglass as Lyra sits on the roofs of Oxford she sees
a daemon, the daemon of a witch, a bird, a storm petrel, flying
towards her pursued by a huge flock of starlings. And a mystery
fabulous book contains the specially printed map and other articles
of intrest that are bound to thrill fans of the trilogy and new
readers alike. It should certainly whet the appetite for Philip's
next novel in the His Dark Materials sequence, the forthcoming
The Book of Dust due out next year.