That dusty book by the British Book Awards “Author of the Year” 2018. Waiting on Wednesday / Can’t Wait Wednesday! #AuthorSpotlight on #AltRead #WOW

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Waiting on Wednesday / Can’t Wait Wednesday


Can’t-Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted here, at Wishful Endings, and my version is a mix of what I’m waiting to read, whether it’s a new release that is not out yet, or an older book on my TBR shelf, which I really want to read but haven’t got around to it yet.

Here’s my ‘Can’t wait to read’, book for this week:


This is probably a bit of a surprise for you as it is already out in a few formats, but I want the paperback, which is not out until September 6th!  If you still haven’t read this and like me want to wait for the paperback you can pre-order it below from Amazon.


Philip Pullman is this winner of the British Book Awards “Author of the Year”, so one not to be missed.

Book details

Philip Pullman’s magnificent bestseller soon to be 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 . . .


About the Author

Philip Pullman was born in Norwich on 19th October 1946. The early part of his life was spent travelling all over the world, because his father and then his stepfather were both in the Royal Air Force. He spent part of his childhood in Australia, where he first met the wonders of comics, and grew to love Superman and Batman in particular. From the age of 11, he lived in North Wales, having moved back to Britain. It was a time when children were allowed to roam anywhere, to play in the streets, to wander over the hills, and he took full advantage of it. His English teacher, Miss Enid Jones, was a big influence on him, and he still sends her copies of his books.

After he left school he went to Exeter College, Oxford, to read English. He did a number of odd jobs for a while, and then moved back to Oxford to become a teacher. He taught at various middle schools for twelve years, and then moved to Westminster College, Oxford, to be a part-time lecturer. He taught courses on the Victorian novel and on the folk tale, and also a course examining how words and pictures fit together. He eventually left teaching in order to write full-time.

His first published novel was for adults, but he began writing for children when he was a teacher. Some of his novels were based on plays he wrote for his school pupils, such as The Ruby In The Smoke. He is best known for the award winning His Dark Materials series, consisting of Northern Lights, The Subtle Knife and The Amber Spyglass.

What have you been wanting to read? 

Is this on your TBR or have you already read it? Let me know in the comments below. Thank you! 


Luv Sass

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26 thoughts on “That dusty book by the British Book Awards “Author of the Year” 2018. Waiting on Wednesday / Can’t Wait Wednesday! #AuthorSpotlight on #AltRead #WOW

  1. I have heard of this one and I love that paperback cover! I really should give it a try. Thanks so much for sharing it. I hope that you have a wonderful week. 🙂

  2. I had no idea his first book was an adult novel – I’d like to see him try his hand at another. Even though I don’t read YA, I did read the first book of His Dark Materials simply because of the controversy. LOL

    1. Hi Bob! Thanks for popping by!

      I love it when an ‘adult’ (I’m one lol) reads a young adult book for the first time and realises they’re not as childish as expected! I’m still astounded at the depth of some of these YA books. 🙂

  3. I hope you do get your hands on this one! I haven’t read anything by Pullman, which still surprises me. I’ve had his Dark Material books on my shelf forever. One of these days . . . .This one sounds good too!

    1. It already does feel too long! lol If I get hard covers they tend to be for show, as they’re either too big to read in bed (I’m prone to almost knocking myself out with brick like copies) or they’re just too precious to have anyone actually read them and spoil their look/cover hahaha!

  4. It’s the first time I’ve heard of this book and this sounds promising. Also, I am a paperback enthusiast so I understand how it feels like to have to wait for the releases of those.

  5. I hate having to wait longer for a paperback! I never buy hardbacks because of the expense and storage issue so I’m sometimes waiting a year for a paperback version ie Patricia Briggs!!!

    1. Totally agree with you here! Makes me wonder if they’d make more money selling both at the same time? Of course, I am sure there are figures to prove what they’re currently doing must be suiting them financially, otherwise they’d have changed their methods already, right? lol

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