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Eleven-year-old Malcolm Polstead and his daemon, Asta, live with his parents at the Trout Inn near Oxford. Across the River Thames (which Malcolm navigates often using his beloved canoe, a boat by the name of La Belle Sauvage) is the Godstow Priory where the nuns live. a baby by the name of Lyra Belacqua . . .
WINNER- AUTHOR OF THE YEAR, BRITISH BOOK AWARDS SHORTLISTED- UK AUTHOR CATEGORY, NATIONAL BOOK AWARDS 2018 Philip Pullman's magnificent bestseller is now in paperback, with new additional illustrations. A coming of age story like no other . . .Malcolm Polstead's Oxford life has been one of routine, ordinary even. He is happiest playing with his daemon, Asta, in their canoe, La Belle Sauvage. But now as the rain builds, the world around Malcolm and Asta is, it seems, set to become increasingly far from ordinary.Finding himself linked to a baby by the name of Lyra Belacqua, Malcolm is forced to undertake the challenge of his life and to make a dangerous journey that will change him and Lyra for ever . . .