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Philip Pullman to release a previously unseen novella

Philip Pullman to release a previously unseen novella

Philip Pullman will release a previously unseen novella in October that tells more of the story of his famous protagonist, Lyra Silvertongue.

In the novella, named Serpentine, Lyra returns to Trollesund, a remote fictional town, where she met the armoured bear Iorek Byrnison, and aeronaut Lee Scoresby in the first book of the ‘His Dark Materials’series, Northern Lights.

The novella is set after the end of the ‘His Dark Materials’ trilogy, but before the beginning of Pullman’s recent book, The Secret Commonwealth.

Publisher Penguin Random House has revealed that the novella will see Lyra, and her daemon Pantalaimon, as ‘older and a little wiser, and in search of an answer to a shocking, secret condition – their ability to separate – from the witch-consul, Dr Lanselius.’

Pullman originally wrote the story in 2004, and auctioned it off for charity.

He has decided to release it now to grow understanding surrounding the development of his latest trilogy, ‘The Book of Dust’.

‘With the development of ‘The Book of Dust’, especially after the events described in The Secret Commonwealth, we can see a change in the way Lyra understands herself, and her relationship with Pantalaimon, which is prefigured in this little Arctic episode.’

‘When I wrote Serpentine, I had no idea that I was going on to write another trilogy, showing Lyra as an adult, but she and her world wouldn’t leave me alone’ he said.

‘When it comes to human affairs, a billion invisible filaments connect us to our own pasts, as well as to the most remote things we can imagine; and I hope that, above all, these books are about being alive and being human.’

The ‘His Dark Materials’trilogy has sold over 17.5 million copies worldwide, and has been translated into 40 languages.

The series has won numerous awards, including the Carnegie medal, the Guardian children’s book award, and the Whitbread book of the year. 

A film adaptation has been made, and also a BBC/HBO television adaptation, which only aired last year. Season two is due out later this year.


Buy the books:

His Dark Materials:

Northern Lights                                 Buy

The Subtle Knife                                Buy

The Amber Spyglass                         Buy


The Book of Dust:

La Belle Sauvage                               Buy

The Secret Commonwealth              Buy


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