Why this book?
I first read Philip Pullman’s incredible world-hopping trilogy when I was working in a bookshop, and when I realised the ambition of what he was attempting in what is, ostensibly, a children’s book, I shouted out loud in front of the book-buying public.
Northern Lights, and the other two books, The Subtle Knife, and The Amber Spyglass feature a truly terrifying female villain in the double form of Mrs Coulter and her golden monkey dæmon.
At school, the teacher who took care of me when I was sent away from home was also called Mrs. Coulter. Though my Mrs. Coulter was kind and loving, it added to my fascination with, and terror of, this appalling but appealing narcissist.
Why should I read it?
1 author picked Northern Lights as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.
What is this book about?
A stunning full-colour illustrated gift hardback to celebrate
the 25th anniversary of NORTHERN LIGHTS, with breathtaking
art throughout by Chris Wormell.
First published in 1995, and acclaimed as a modern masterpiece,
this first book in the series won the UK's top awards for
"Without this child, we shall all die."
Lyra Belacqua and her animal daemon live half-wild and carefree
among scholars of Jordan College, Oxford.
The destiny that awaits her will take her to the frozen lands
of the Arctic, where witch-clans reign and ice-bears fight.
Her extraordinary journey will have immeasurable consequences
far beyond her own…
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