Pullman’s ability to appeal to such a wide readership is due to his skill in telling an amazing story, and the release of The Book of Dust,book one of a new series (following His Dark Materials 17 years ago) was touted as one of the biggest books published this year. More good news is the fact that it’s every bit as captivating! Malcolm and dæmon Asta live with his parents in Oxford and use his canoe, La Belle Sauvage, to cross the Thames to help the nuns at the priory. His world changes when he discovers that they are looking after a baby called Lyra Belacqua for whom he becomes increasingly responsible. Wonderful!