Christopher Wormell

The Secret Commonwealth: The Book of Dust Volume Two
  • The Secret Commonwealth: The Book of Dust Volume Two

  • **Don't miss the second series of His Dark Materials on BBC One this November.**

    From the author of the phenomenal His Dark Materials comes the next chapter in the story of Lyra Silvertongue . . .


    Lyra is now studying at St Sophia's College, Oxford, with her daemon Pantalaimon.

    But, for the first time there are serious divisions between the two.
    Lyra is questioning everything she once held dear. Pan misses the impulsiveness of their youth.

    When an act of terrible violence breaks the peace of the Oxford night, Lyra and Pan's relationship reaches a crisis and they are drawn, far from home, into the dangerous factions of a world they had no idea existed.

    The Secret Commonwealth
    is truly a book for our times; a powerful adventure and a thought-provoking look at what it is to understand yourself and to grow up and make sense of the world around you.


    This is storytelling at its very best from one of our greatest writers.


    *Exclusive to the paperback edition, Chris Wormell's new original illustrations bring Lyra's world vividly to life.*

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    Reviews for The Secret Commonwealth: The Book of Dust Volume Two:

    "[Pullman] has created a fantasy world, made yet more satisfying in rigour and stylistic elegance. This is a book for getting older with" Guardian, Book of the Week

    "The Secret Commonwealth is ablaze with light and life. The writing is exquisite; every sentence sings ... To read Pullman is to experience the world refreshed, aglow, in Technicolour" i

    "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. And Pullman's prose is rewarding as ever" The Times

    "A long, taxing, complex journey, laced with beauty, terror and philosophy" Metro

    "As ever, Pullman's story is complex and vast but home to some of the finest storytelling in the 21st century. Revel in whole new worlds and enjoy one of literature's most wonderful heroines before she comes to HBO and the BBC" Stylist

    "Pullman is confronting readers with the horrors of our own world reflected back at us. In The Secret Commonwealthhe creates a fearful symmetry" The Herald

Chris Wormell is a self-taught artist, and the winner of the Ragazza Prize at Bologna in 1991. Two Frogs won the Nestlé Bronze Award, Molly and the Night Monster was shortlisted for the Kate Greenaway Medal and One Smart Fish won the Booktrust Early Years Awards Best Picture Book. His books include George and the Dragon and The Big Ugly Monster and the Little Stone Rabbit which was recently adapted into a stage play. Chris lives in North London with his wife and children.

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