La Belle Sauvage: The Book of Dust Volume One by Philip Pullman (1965, English) has been named 2017’s Book of the Year by booksellers Waterstones.
The book was nominated by staff from Waterstones’ stores and was awarded the prize by a panel headed up by Waterstones’ Managing Director, James Daunt.
La Belle Sauvage is a breathtaking, river-borne adventure that sees adolescents Malcolm Polstead and Alice Parslow try to protect a baby from murderous authorities. It is the first part in a trilogy that spans ten years either side of the events of Pullman’s much-loved and admired His Dark Materials trilogy. Set partly in Oxford, Exonians will recognise Jordan College in Malcolm and Alice’s universe as the fictional counterpart to Exeter College.
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Fans of Pullman’s work may be pleased to hear that he will be speaking at the British Library in January 2018. He will be talking with Erica Wagner, former literary editor of The Times and now contributing literary editor for Harper’s Bazaar, about his writing life and on why and how literature matters to him.