La Belle Sauvage Cover
La Belle Sauvage

Philip Pullman

Cover artist

Chris Wormell

Publication information
  • David Fickling Books and Penguin Random House Children's (UK)
  • Random House Children’s (US) [1]
Release date

19 October 2017



Followed by

Unnamed sequel

Eleven-year-old Malcolm Polstead and his dæmon, Asta, live with his parents at the Trout Inn near Oxford. Across the River Thames (which Malcolm navigates often using his beloved canoe, a boat by the name of La Belle Sauvage) is the Godstow Priory where the nuns live. Malcolm learns they have a guest with them; a baby by the name of Lyra Belacqua . . .


La Belle Sauvage is the first book in The Book of Dust trilogy.[2] It will be published 22 years after Northern Lights was first released and 17 after The Amber Spyglass, on 19th October 2017.

It will feature characters from the original series, as well as new ones. There will be overlap with certain elements of His Dark Materials, notably dæmons, alethiometers and the Magisterium.[3] The book reached number one in Amazon's bestseller charts very soon after it became available for pre-order.[4]

The story will also involve "an ordinary boy who eagle-eyed readers may have spotted in Lyra’s story before" - revealed to be Malcolm Polstead, who appeared in Lyra's Oxford - and its themes of "the struggle between a despotic and totalitarian organisation that wants to stifle speculation and enquiry, and those who believe that thought and speech should be free" are thought to be pertinent to the political climate of its release.[3]

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