Five Books for Fans of Philip Pullman


Cogheart by Peter Bunzl

A steampunk adventure which takes place in an alternate version of Victorian London beneath a sky filled with steam-powered airships, the setting of this novel reminds us of Lyra’s Oxford from the His Dark Materials series. Mechanical people, friends that run on clockwork and a brave, female heroine are all reminiscent of Pullman’s Clockwork. Peter Bunzl shares in Pullman’s talent for creating despicable villains!

The Lie Tree by Frances Hardinge

A tree that thrives on lies and a determined heroine constantly repressed for being young and female. This book reminded me of Lyra Belacqua and her truth-telling alethiometre in her battle against the oppressive and sexist Magisterium. Faith’s thirst for knowledge and passion for natural science recall the academia of Jordan College

The Huntress: Sea by Sarah Driver

Mouse’s icy cold, perilous adventure is similar to the one Lyra embarks on when she journeys North to rescue the children taken by the Gobblers in His Dark Materials. The delicious description of fur cloaks, golden eggs and heavy wooden treasure chests evoke the golden-coloured Tokay wine and the Sky-iron armour used by the Armoured Bears in Pullman’s series.

Kit’s Wilderness by David Almond

This eerie, dreamlike story is rich in mining history and is haunted by the ghosts of children who perished underground. The characters’ fascination with death and those who have left the living world remind us of Lyra’s visit to the world of the dead. Just like Pullman’s writing, this story can be incredibly dark until suddenly the light shines through.

Inkheart by Cornelia Funke

This is the first in a series that emits the same magic as many of Pullman’s works and follows the main characters as they travel between different worlds. The innocent love story between Meggie and Farid and the eventual, subtle hints at a sexual awakening are similar to the relationship shared by Lyra and Will.

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