Once Upon a Time in the North

The stunning prequel to Philip Pullman’s masterful His Dark Materials trilogy is the gripping tale of how Lee Scoresby came to meet Iorek Byrnison in the frozen, wind-whipped Arctic isles. When dashing young aeronaut Lee Scoresby lands his balloon in the bleak Muscovite port of Novy Odense, he walks straight into a quarrel. It’s a quarrel between a Dutch seaman and a corporation with a deadly secret that it will kill to protect. Then a sinister figure from Lee’s past turns up in the town. But it’s only by teaming up with a strange and dangerous ally – one of the town’s hated, feared armoured bears – that Lee can dodge the armed guards of the Larsen Manganese mining company, and bring his old enemy to justice… Peppered with gunpowder, crooks and thrilling twists and turns, this sea-swept story of intrigue and high adventure is simply not to be missed!

This beautiful cloth-bound hardback edition includes a compass, a fold-out game, pull-out pages and letters, plus dazzling illustrations from master engraver John Lawrence.

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    This book was a great short story about Lee Scoresby and Iorek Byrnison that I have thoroughly enjoyed reading. A great end to His Dark Materials.

    17 September 2011

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    Good. It took me a few hours to read, I’d give it a 7 out of ten. Lyra is a clever character, I also got my friends to call me Lyra after i read it!

    25 November 2008

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    Philip Pullman

    Philip Pullman is probably the world’s most acclaimed living children’s author, best known for the trilogy of books known as His Dark Materials.


    Philip won the Nestle Smarties award for both Clockwork and The Firework Maker’s Daughter. Northern Lights was published in hardback in July 1995. That year, it won the Carnegie Medal and Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize and was Children’s Book of the Year at the British Book Awards.

    The Amber Spyglass won WHSmith Children’s Book of the Year 2000 at the British Book Awards, was Highly Commended for the Carnegie Medal and was longlisted for The Booker Prize 2001. Philip Pullman was voted Whitaker Author of the Year by the Booksellers Association. The Amber Spyglass went on to win both Whitbread Children’s Book of the Year and Whitbread Book of the Year 2001 and in doing so became the first children’s book to win the main prize in the award’s history.

    Philip has also been recognised with two major awards for his contribution to literature: the Eleanor Farjeon award in 2002, and the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Prize in 2005.

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