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Lyra Silvertongue finds herself caught up in a conspiracy when her dæmon witnesses a murder. Read by Simon Russell Beale.

Lyra Silvertongue finds herself caught up in a conspiracy when her dæmon witnesses a murder.

Simon Russell Beale reads the second volume of Philip Pullman’s acclaimed The Book of Dust trilogy.

It's 20 years since the events of La Belle Sauvage: The Book of Dust Volume One unfolded and saw the baby Lyra Belacqua begin her life-changing journey. It is seven years since readers left Lyra and the love of her young life, Will Parry, on a park bench in Oxford’s Botanic Gardens at the end of the ground-breaking, bestselling His Dark Materials sequence.

Now, in The Secret Commonwealth, we meet Lyra Silvertongue. And she is no longer a child...

The second volume of Philip Pullman’s The Book of Dust sees Lyra, now twenty years old, and her dæmon Pantalaimon, forced to navigate their relationship in a way they could never have imagined, and drawn into the complex and dangerous factions of a world that they had no idea existed. They must travel far beyond the edges of Oxford, across Europe and into Asia, in search for what is lost – a city haunted by dæmons, a secret at the heart of a desert, and the mystery of the elusive Dust.

Omnibus of the first five of ten parts.

Abridger, Doreen Estall

Producer: Michael Shannon

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in December 2019.

1 hour, 15 minutes

Last on

Mon 30 Dec 2019 02:30

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  • Sun 29 Dec 2019 14:30
  • Mon 30 Dec 2019 02:30