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The Secret Commonwealth: The Book of Dust Volume Two: From the world of Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials - now a major BBC series (The book of dust, 2)

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And she appeared in 2017’s La Belle Sauvage, the first volume in The Book of Dust, which took place before the events of His Dark Materials, but in that book she was a baby.

The Secret Commonwealth of the title refers to things that are outside the realm of rational thought, such as ghosts, fairies, and superstition.It's not perfect by any means - you get the feeling that Pullman is so intimately entwined with the myriad strands of the universe that he's created that he struggles to let anything go - and there is an insertion into the narrative of an element from one of the mini spin off books he wrote that feels a little clumsy - even if the eventual pay off is one of those jaw dropping imaginative feats that we've come to expect from him. The manipulative ways of the religious and political leadership in the world in the book is simplified and exaggerated but feels disturbingly like our own, as is the flexible nature of "facts" and fake news. This is another paragraph Book Description: The second volume of Philip Pullman's The Book of Dust sees Lyra, now twenty years old, and her daemon 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. Malcolm is 11 years older than Lyra and spent nearly all of La Belle Sauvage caring for her while she was a baby; now, he is a professor and she is a student, and also he was briefly her teacher when she was 15.

He is best known for the His Dark Materials trilogy (Northern Lights, The Subtle Knife, The Amber Spyglass), which has been named one of the top 100 novels of all time by Newsweek. As ever, Pullman's story is complex and vast but home to some of the finest storytelling in the 21st century. Following an auction to raise money for the victims of the Grenfell Tower fire, Pullman confirmed that he would name a character in The Secret Commonwealth after Nur Huda El-Wahab, a victim of the fire. Pullman’s story is still thought-provoking … This book elegantly weaves in live issues, from Europe’s refugee crisis to facts in the post-truth era. But if His Dark Materials is told through a more grounded, scientific sort of lens (dust equals dark matter), then The Book of Dust is Pullman looking at the world from the other, more mythical side of lens, where dust also equals.

In my opinion, an excellent read, that takes the books depicting this world into a grittier, more realistic and more grown up direction very successfully, while retaining some of the whimsical fantasy and sheer imagination we have seen before. Pan meets a young refugee named Nur Huda el-Wahabi who has lost her dæmon, and they decide to travel together to the Blue Hotel. He is a big fan of Neighbours, but that is the only soap he watches, as Neighbours gives him quite enough to think about.

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