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The Book of Dust

Book of Dust

The latest Philip Pullman novel is reviewed by Richard Howells, our Professor of Cultural Sociology, in the current (London) Times Higher Education.

Fans will recognise this as La Belle Sauvage, the much-anticipated “prequel” to Pullman’s His Dark Materials trilogy, which featured Lyra, Oxford, assorted witches, and armoured bears: A heady mixture of the familiar and the imaginary, woven around an epic struggle between good and evil.

Howells is not only a fan of Pullman: He has also discussed His Dark Materials in his own recent book: A Critical Theory of Creativity: Utopia, Aesthetics, Atheism and Design (2015; paperback 2017).

La Belle Sauvage is itself part of a trilogy The Book of Dust, with two more parts yet to come. Howells’ review is included in the Higher’s “What Are You Reading” feature in print and online at:


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