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La Belle Sauvage makes you wonder if Philip Pullman’s daemon would be an albatross

It is as though, like Coleridge’s Ancient Mariner, Pullman feels compelled to repeat Lyra’s story for the sake of his public

By Frances Wilson   December 2017

Pullman reads from his first, highly-celebrated trilogy. Photo: PA

Only those who live in an alternative universe will have missed the publication of La Belle Sauvage, the first volume of Philip Pullman’s new fantasy trilogy, The Book of Dust. An extension of the hugely successful His Dark Materials trilogy, La Belle Sauvage was announced, together with other major news items, on the Today programme. An entire Radio 4 Saturday afternoon slot was given over to a reading of the novel by actor Simon Russell Beale. The following week it was…

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