The highest two bidders will each receive copies of the Philip Pullman books: FOUR TALES, ONCE UPON A TIME IN THE NORTH and LYRA’S OXFORD, all signed by the author.
Minimum Bid: £30.00
– donated by Random House Children’s Books
Four Tales brings together Clockwork, The Firework-Maker’s Daughter, I was a Rat and The Scarecrow and His Servant; four stories that showcase Philip Pullman’s unique imaginative talent. The collection includes a new prologue and epilogue by the author.
Drawing on the rich tradition of fairytales, the collection will amuse, engage, thrill and delight readers from 8 to 80, whether they are new to his writing or diehard fans.
A marvellous bundle of paraphernalia and memorobilia (including a thrilling board game!), together with a wonderful new story from the acclaimed author, Philip Pullman; the blue book to join with Lyra’s Oxford, beautifully illustrated by master engraver, John Lawrence.
When Lyra is studying at Oxford University, she comes across the story of Lee Scoresby and Iorek Byrnisson’s first meeting, many years ago, along with much evidence of the adventure that brought them together. When a young Texan balloonist, Lee Scoresby, comes down to earth in the harbour of an Arctic town in the North, little does he realise that he is about to be embroiled in an out-and-out political brawl. Lee and his daemon, Hester, find themselves the target of political factions trying to take over the running (and oil) of the town. And also resident in the town are huge arctic bears, ignored and patronised by the people and treated like second-class citizens. When Lee and Iorek first meet, they cement a friendship that will continue throughout their lives, as the tensions and pressure in town lead to a deadly conclusion… Another wonderful tale from a master story-teller, giving us more extraordinary insight into the world of His Dark Materials.
A pint-sized pocket volume, Lyra’s Oxford packages together a short story set in the same universe as his famous trilogy, a fold-out map of the alternate-reality city of Oxford which Lyra and her daemon Pantalaimon inhabit, a short brochure for a cruise to The Levant aboard the SS Zenobia and a postcard from the inventor of the amber spyglass, Mary Malone. Pullman, in his introduction, suggests that the peripheral items within “might be connected with the story, or they might not; they might be connected to stories that haven’t appeared yet. It’s difficult to tell.”
The story, “Lyra and the Birds”, begins when Lyra and Pantalaimon spot a witch’s daemon called Ragi being pursued over the rooftops of Oxford by a frenzied pack of birds. The daemon heads straight for Lyra and is given shelter. The creature was given Lyra’s name as somebody who might help. The daemon is seeking one Sebastian Makepeace–an alchemist living in a part of Oxford known as Jericho. Together Lyra and Pan try to guide the daemon to the home of this man, but it is a journey fraught with more danger than they had at first anticipated.