Philip Pullman returns with first Dark Materials follow-up La Belle Sauvage

Author Philip Pullman, best known for the 'His Dark Materials' trilogy, at the UEA in Norwich.
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Author Philip Pullman, best known for the 'His Dark Materials' trilogy, at the UEA in Norwich. Photo: Bill Smith - Credit: Archant � 2005

La Belle Sauvage, the first installment in the long-awaited follow-up to Philip Pullman's Dark Materials, has been released.

Book of Dust by Philip Pullman. Photo: Random House

Book of Dust by Philip Pullman. Photo: Random House - Credit: Archant

The book hit shelves today (October 19), 17 years after the Norwich-born author's last book in the series was published.

Part of a new trilogy known as The Book of Dust, La Belle Sauvage returns to the story of Lyra Belacqua and picks up 10 years before Northern Lights.

Pullman said: 'I've always wanted to tell the story of how Lyra came to be living at Jordan College and, in thinking about it, I discovered a long story that began when she was a baby and will end when she's grown up.'

Rave reviews for the new tale have flooded in, with The Guardian proclaiming it was 'worth the wait' and Bustle calling it a 'magical return'.

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To celebrate the release of La Belle Sauvage, Waterstones Norwich are hosting a party from 6pm-8pm on Thursday, October 19.

The event will feature a His Dark Materials quiz in Cafe W. For more information visit facebook.com/waterstonesnorwich

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