Thursday, 7 February 2008

An opportunity - Philip Pullman limited edition

There will be a limited edition (1500 copies, slipcased) of a short book by Philip Pullman, Once Upon a time in the North. For a full listing of Pullman limited editions please see my full bibliography. The format of the book will be very similar to Lyra's oxford, but it will be blue in colour, and will include a few extras. You can pre-order a copy of the limited edition via Hatchards website (update - March 27/3/8 Book is no longer available). This is not a major work by Pullman (The Book of Dust is on the way), but Pullman is a major author who will be in the same league as Tolkein or Lewis from a collecting perspective in years to come. "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."

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