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The Book of Dust

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The Book of Dust is an upcoming companion book to the His Dark Materials series. Pullman had originally said the book would probably be finished in 2015 and published the year after [1], but has since announced that it is more likely for it to be published in late 2016.[2] In July 2016, he described the book as "now well on the way to a conclusion". [3]

Pullman has said the book "might be in two volumes", one taking place before Northern Lights and one after the events of Lyra's Oxford,[4] when Lyra is around 16.[5]The "big, big book"[6] will be "about Dust"[7] and will deal with some of the theological issues raised in the other books.[6] Pullman has also revealed that, although it is "not a prequel or sequel", it will be about Lyra at another stage in her life. [8]

"Some of the themes [...] turned up in the course of His Dark Materials are going to be central" to the Book of Dust, particularly "“the necessity of the imagination. Allowing it into our lives and into the way we react to each other and think of each other.” Pullman has also made an oath not to cut his hair until the completion of the book, a promise he somewhat regrets, although it may have spurred on progress.[9]


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