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The Golden Compass, 20th Anniversary Edition (His Dark Materials #1)

Philip Pullman


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The modern fantasy classic that Entertainment Weekly named an “All-Time Greatest Novel” and Newsweek hailed as a “Top 100 Book of All Time” is now available in a slipcased hardcover edition that includes a conversation with Lev Grossman, bestselling author of the Magicians trilogy. Fans, collectors, and new readers alike will appreciate this beautiful book that has been changing worlds for twenty years.

Lyra is rushing to the cold, far North, where witch clans and armored bears rule. North, where the Gobblers take the children they steal--including her friend Roger. North, where her fearsome uncle Asriel is trying to build a bridge to a parallel world.

Can one small girl make a difference in such great and terrible endeavors? This is Lyra: a savage, a schemer, a liar, and as fierce and true a champion as Roger or Asriel could want.

But what Lyra doesn't know is that to help one of them will be to betray the other...

A masterwork of storytelling and suspense, Philip Pullman's award-winning The Golden Compass is the first in the His Dark Materials series, which continues with The Subtle Knife, and The Amber Spyglass.

This edition includes:
* A gorgeous slipcase and new jacket art.
* A conversation between Philip Pullman and Lev Grossman, author of the Magicians trilogy, that covers the scope and tradition of fantasy literature, Pullman's influences, and the impact that the entire His Dark Materials series has had since publication.
* A letter from Philip Pullman to fans, marking the book's twentieth anniversary.

A #1 New York Times Bestseller
Winner of the Guardian Prize for Children's Fiction
Published in 40 Countries

"Arguably the best juvenile fantasy novel of the past twenty years." —The Washington Post

"Very grand indeed." —The New York Times

"Pullman is quite possibly a genius." —Newsweek 

Praise For The Golden Compass, 20th Anniversary Edition (His Dark Materials #1)

New York Times Bestseller

Newsweek Top 100 Book of All Time

An Entertainment Weekly All-Time Greatest Novel

Winner of the Guardian Prize for Children's Fiction 

Winner of the Carnegie Medal

"Very grand indeed." --The New York Times

“The most magnificent fantasy series since The Lord of the Rings.” --The Oregonian

"Breathtaking...a glittering gem." --Publishers Weekly, Starred

"Superb...all-stops-out thrilling." --The Washington Post

"Marvelous...the writing is elegant and challenging." --The New Yorker

"The Golden Compass is one of the best fantasy /adventure stories that I have read. This is a book no one should miss." --Terry Brooks

"Powerful...fantasy-adventure that sparkles with childlike wonder." --The Boston Sunday Globe

"Thrillingly paced and exotic...breathtaking." --The Columbus Dispatch

"Masterful storytelling...with a cast of instantly beguiling characters." --Dallas Morning News

"The last great fantasy masterpiece of the twentieth century. An astounding achievement." --The Cincinnati Enquirer

Knopf Books for Young Readers, 9781101934661, 432pp.

Publication Date: September 22, 2015

About the Author

PHILIP PULLMAN is one of the most acclaimed writers working today. He is best known for the His Dark Materials trilogy (The Golden Compass, The Subtle Knife, The Amber Spyglass), which has been named one of the top 100 novels of all time by Newsweek and one of the all-time greatest novels by Entertainment Weekly. He has also won many distinguished prizes, including the Carnegie Medal for The Golden Compass (and the reader-voted "Carnegie of Carnegies" for the best children's book of the past seventy years); the Whitbread (now Costa) Award for The Amber Spyglass; a Booker Prize long-list nomination (The Amber Spyglass); Parents' Choice Gold Awards (The Subtle Knife and The Amber Spyglass); and the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award, in honor of his body of work. In 2004, he was appointed a Commander of the Order of the British Empire.
It has recently been announced that The Book of Dust, the much anticipated new book from Mr. Pullman, also set in the world of His Dark Materials, will be published as a major work in three parts, with the first part to arrive in October 2017.  
Philip Pullman is the author of many other much-lauded novels. Other volumes related to His Dark Materials: Lyra’s Oxford, Once Upon a Time in the North, and The Collectors. For younger readers: I Was a Rat!; Count Karlstein; Two Crafty Criminals; Spring-Heeled Jack, and The Scarecrow and His Servant. For older readers: the Sally Lockhart quartet: The Ruby in the Smoke, The Shadow in the North, The Tiger in the Well, and The Tin PrincessThe White Mercedes; and The Broken Bridge.
Philip Pullman lives in Oxford, England. To learn more, please visit and Or follow him on Twitter at @PhilipPullman.

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