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Book Club with Philip Pullman

May 28, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

We may be in lockdown, but many of us are using this time as an opportunity to catch up on all those books we’ve always been meaning to read. Please join us for a new online Book Club, in which the Guardian’s chief books writer Lisa Allardice will be in conversation with leading writers, to discuss their best-loved novels, the creative process and isolation. They will also be answering your questions. Bring your own wine!

Author Philip Pullman will talk about The Secret Commonwealth, his second novel in the Book of Dust Trilogy.

Readers were first introduced to Lyra Belacqua, one of literature’s most memorable child heroines, in Pullman’s His Dark Materials trilogy in 1995, which won a Carnegie Medal and two Whitbread Prizes, and has since been adapted for the screen. Its fantasy world, of animal-shaped daemons, the shadowy Magisterium and armoured bears, captured the imagination of readers of all ages.

In The Secret Commonwealth, Pullman jumps forward a decade from the events of the first trilogy, to give us the story of Lyra as a young adult. An academic in the Oxford of her childhood, Lyra discovers that despite the events that concluded the Amber Spyglass, she remains a person of interest to the sinister and deadly Magisterium.


Running time: 60 minutes.


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Ticket buyers will receive an exclusive discount code to purchase a copy of The Secret Commonwealth: The Book of Dust Volume Two from the Guardian Bookshop. Please note that books can only be shipped to addresses within the UK.

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