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Midnight parties held for Philip Pullman's latest book

2017年 10月 19日 Thursday - 01:57

After a gap of 17 years, Philip Pullman's follow-up to his globally-acclaimed 'His Dark Materials' trilogy is released in the UK. David Doyle reports.

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The wait is over for millions of Philip Pullman fans. The first novel in the new "Book of Dust" trilogy, hitting bookshops on Thursday (October 19). It's been 17 years since Pullman released "The Amber Spyglass", the last book in his globally-acclaimed "His Dark Materials" trilogy. But now he has returned to the realm of alethiometers, daemons and windows into other worlds with "La Belle Sauvage" - and that's given some people cause to celebrate. Take for example this midnight party at the Waterstones store on London's Tottenham Court Road, one of hundreds of events being held in shops across the UK. The 150 guests here treated to themed cocktails, food and readings - and a chance to be among the first to get their hands on the new book. (SOUNDBITE) (English) JACK TINDALE, WATERSTONES CUSTOMER, SAYING: "I remember reading this when I was a young teenager, sort of 11, 12 years old, and very strangely you just come along and you feel giddy and like you are a teenager again. It's very strange." Seventeen years worth of anticipation means "La Belle Sauvage" is likely to be one this year's biggest sellers. Early on Thursday morning it was topping Amazon's bestseller charts, and Waterstones is expecting big sales too. (SOUNDBITE) (English) ALICE CHAPPELL, WATERSTONES BOOKSELLER, SAYING: "This book is hotly anticipated. It's got our largest presale figures since 'Harry Potter and the Cursed Child' which was our biggest presale and our biggest seller last year, of any book. I wouldn't be surprised if 'La Belle Sauvage' was our biggest seller this year and potentially Christmas number one." Those expectations are not surprising. "His Dark Materials" sold more than 17 million copies in 40 languages worldwide. Once the dust settles, this may well be 2017's literary belle of the ball.

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Midnight parties held for Philip Pullman's latest book

2017年 10月 19日 Thursday - 01:57