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Once Upon a Time in the North

ISBN 
9780385614320
Format 
Hardback
Recommended Price 
R290.00
Published 
May 2008
About the book: 
When Lyra is studying at Oxford University, she comes across the story of Lee Scoresby and Iorek Byrnisson's first meeting, many years ago, along with much evidence of the adventure that brought them together. When a young Texan balloonist, Lee Scoresby, comes down to earth in the harbour of an Arctic town in the North, little does he realise that he is about to be embroiled in an out-and-out political brawl. Lee and his daemon, Hester, find themselves the target of political factions trying to take over the running (and oil) of the town. And also resident in the town are huge arctic bears, ignored and patronised by the people and treated like second-class citizens. When Lee and Iorek first meet, they cement a friendship that will continue throughout their lives, as the tensions and pressure in town lead to a deadly conclusion... Another wonderful tale from a master story-teller, giving us more extraordinary insight into the world of His Dark Materials. Includes a thrilling board game!
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About the Author
PHILIP PULLMAN is one of the most acclaimed writers working today. He is best known for the His Dark Materials trilogy (The Golden Compass , The Subtle Knife , The Amber Spyglass ), which has been named one of the top 100 novels of all time by Newsweek  and one of the all-time greatest novels by Entertainment Weekly . He has also won many distinguished prizes, including the Carnegie Medal for The Golden Compass  (and the reader-voted “Carnegie of Carnegies” for the best children’s book of the past seventy years); the Whitbread (now Costa) Award for The Amber Spyglass ; a Booker Prize long-list nomination (The Amber Spyglass ); Parents’ Choice Gold Awards (The Subtle Knife  and The Amber Spyglass ); and the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award, in honor of his body of work. In 2004, he was appointed a Commander of the Order of the British Empire.
 
It has recently been announced that The Book of Dust , the much anticipated new book from Mr. Pullman, also set in the world of His Dark Materials, will be published as a major work in three parts.
 
Philip Pullman is the author of many other much-lauded novels. Other volumes related to His Dark Materials: Lyra’s Oxford , Once Upon a Time in the North , and The Collectors . For younger readers: I Was a Rat! ; Count Karlstein ; Two Crafty Criminals ; Spring-Heeled Jack  and The Scarecrow  and His Servant . For older readers: the Sally Lockhart quartet: The Ruby in the Smoke , The Shadow in the North , The Tiger in the Well , and The Tin Princess; The White Mercedes ; and The Broken Bridge .
 
Philip Pullman lives in Oxford, England. Photograph © Michael Leckie