LoveReading4Schools

Becoming a member of the LoveReading4Schools community is free.

No catches, no fine print just unconditional book love and reading recommendations for your students and children.

You can create your own school's page, develop tailored reading lists to share with peers and parents...all helping encourage reading for pleasure in your children.

Find out more

The Secret Commonwealth: The Book of Dust Volume Two

Written by Philip Pullman

Adventure Stories Fantasy / Magical

The Secret Commonwealth: The Book of Dust Volume Two Synopsis

**Don't miss the second series of His Dark Materials on BBC One this November.**

From the author of the phenomenal His Dark Materials comes the next chapter in the story of Lyra Silvertongue . . .

Lyra is now studying at St Sophia's College, Oxford, with her daemon Pantalaimon.

But, for the first time there are serious divisions between the two.

Lyra is questioning everything she once held dear. Pan misses the impulsiveness of their youth.

When an act of terrible violence breaks the peace of the Oxford night, Lyra and Pan's relationship reaches a crisis and they are drawn, far from home, into the dangerous factions of a world they had no idea existed.

The Secret Commonwealth is truly a book for our times; a powerful adventure and a thought-provoking look at what it is to understand yourself and to grow up and make sense of the world around you.

This is storytelling at its very best from one of our greatest writers.

*Exclusive to the paperback edition, Chris Wormell's new original illustrations bring Lyra's world vividly to life.*

The Secret Commonwealth: The Book of Dust Volume Two Press Reviews

High-octane adventure accompanies ingenious plotting - The Times

A rich, imaginative, vividly characterised rite-of-passage tale - Nicolette Jones, The Sunday Times

No one else writes like Pullman . . . entirely worth the 17-year wait - Imogen Russell Williams, Metro

REVIEWS FOR LA BELLE SAUVAGE: THE BOOK OF DUST VOLUME ONE: Fans of His Dark Materials will find themselves joyfully immersed in a familiar world . . . meanwhile, awaiting first-time readers is all the pleasure of commencing their own journey into this most captivating of universes at the very beginning of Lyra's story - Independent

Pullman has created a fantasy world, made yet more satisfying in this new volume. This is a book for getting older with - Guardian

Pullman is confronting readers with the horrors of our own world reflected back at us. In The Secret Commonwealth he creates a fearful symmetry - The Herald

As ever, Pullman's story is complex and vast but home to some of the finest storytelling in the 21st century. Revel in whole new worlds and enjoy one of literature's most wonderful heroines before she comes to HBO and the BBC - Stylist

A long, taxing, complex journey, laced with beauty, terror and philosophy - Metro

The novel gallops forward, full of danger, delight and surprise. Nearly miraculous, it seems, is Pullman's ability to sketch character, place and motive in just a few lines - New Statesman

Pullman's story is still thought-provoking ... This book elegantly weaves in live issues, from Europe's refugee crisis to facts in the post-truth era. And Pullman's prose is rewarding as ever - The Times

Engrossing - Financial Times

Lyra is all grown up in a rich, vivid sequel - Telegraph

The Secret Commonwealth is ablaze with light and life. The writing is exquisite; every sentence sings ... To read Pullman is to experience the world refreshed, aglow, in Technicolour - Independent

[Pullman] has created a fantasy world, made yet more satisfying in rigour and stylistic elegance. This is a book for getting older with - Guardian, Book of the Week

Book Information

ISBN: 9780241373354
Publication date: 1st August 2020
Author: Philip Pullman
Publisher: Penguin and David Fickling Books an imprint of Penguin Random House Children's UK
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 736 pages
Topics: Adventure Stories, Fantasy / Magical

About Philip Pullman

Philip Pullman is the author of the multi-award winning fantasy trilogy His Dark Materials. He has won numerous awards for his children’s books, including the Carnegie Medal, the Guardian Children's Book Award, the Smarties Prize, the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award, the Whitbread Book of the Year Award and a CBE. In 2008, The Times named Pullman as one of the 50 greatest writers since 1945. Philip Pullman lives in Oxford with his wife, and has two sons. Read more the author here.   Author photo © Michael Leckie portrait.  

More About Philip Pullman

More Books By Philip Pullman

Cover for The Subtle Knife Gift Edition by Philip Pullman
Cover for The Secret Commonwealth: The Book of Dust Volume Two by Philip Pullman
Cover for La Belle Sauvage: The Book of Dust Volume One by Philip Pullman
View All Books By Philip Pullman

Share this book

LoveReading
LoveReading4Kids
LoveReading4Schools