The Book of Dust: The Secret Commonwealth (Book of Dust, Volume 2)

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Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers
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6.2 X 9.1 X 1.7 inches | 2.1 pounds

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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, which has been named one of the top 100 books of all time by Newsweek and one of the all-time greatest novels by Entertainment Weekly. Pullman was knighted for his services to literature in the 2019 New Year Honours.

The Book of Dust, Pullman's eagerly anticipated return to the world of His Dark Materials, will also be a book in three parts. It began with La Belle Sauvage and continues with The Secret Commonwealth.

Philip Pullman is the author of many other beloved novels. 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. He has written a magnificent collection, Fairy Tales from the Brothers Grimm, and his essays and lectures on writing and storytelling have been gathered in a volume called Dæmon Voices: On Stories and Storytelling.

Philip Pullman lives in Oxford, England.
"The Secret Commonwealth is a majestic return to Lyra's next chapter with all the magic, folklore, and fantasy only Philip Pullman can provide." -Hypable

"A big novel full of big ideas, big characters and big sorrows. . . This book feels like a response to the darkness of our time."--NPR

"Pullman's best novel so far. A work of extraordinary depth and humanity." --The Observer

"As always, Pullman's writing is simple, unpretentious, beautiful, true. . . . the conclusion to the Book of Dust can't come soon enough." --The Washington Post

"The novel gallops forward, full of danger, delight and surprise. Pullman is a staggeringly gifted storyteller." --New Statesman

"Engrossing."--Financial Times

"Exhilarating."--Kirkus Reviews


"Mr. Pullman's writing is clear, clean and forceful, never striving for effect and all the more effective because of it. He's also a man of ideas, which gives great savor to his work." - The Wall Street Journal

"Coming back to [Lyra] after all these years is such a profound pleasure that I can do nothing but sit back and watch her charge forward into the night, ready as she always was to remake the world in her own image."--Vox

"Profound and provocative." --Bulletin

"The Secret Commonwealth reasserts Pullman's affection for the wondrous and those pieces of reality which can be seen only by those willing to see."--Newsweek

"These books, and the intellectual debate they produce, make Lyra's world feel more lived-in than ever before." --Entertainment Weekly

"Not only is it worthy second installment in The Book of Dust trilogy, it continues to prove this sequence will be every bit as excellent as His Dark Materials." --Seattle Post-Intelligencer