Your cart is empty.
The Book of Dust - La Belle Sauvage (stage version)

The Book of Dust - La Belle Sauvage (stage version)

By Philip Pullman
Adapted by Bryony Lavery
Imprint: Nick Hern Books
Paperback : 9781839040306, 136 pages, December 2021


Two young people and their dæmons, with everything at stake, find themselves at the centre of a terrifying manhunt. In their care is a tiny child called Lyra Belacqua, and in that child lies the fate of the future.

As the waters rise around them, powerful adversaries conspire for mastery of Dust: salvation to some, the source of infinite corruption to others.

Philip Pullman's The Book of Dust – La Belle Sauvage is set twelve years before the epic His Dark Materials trilogy.


"A galloping adventure full of wonder and confusion... Bryony Lavery has streamlined, clarified and occasionally improved the story."

- Evening Standard

"A rollicking adaptation... Lavery carefully pares the story back to its essence: the relationship between innkeeper's son Malcolm and pot washer Alice. She also brings a key ingredient, entirely missing from the books: humour."

- The Stage

"A terrific piece of story-telling, confident and enthralling, a dark Christmas treat."

- Whatsonstage

"A theatrical marvel... Bryony Lavery's adaptation is lean without short-changing us on the story... The central, ideological battle between scientists and the sinister forces of the Magisterium is captured with a clean economy... The stage is action-filled with one dangerous turn after another... keeps closely to Pullman's earth-bound and realistic brand of fantasy... the ultimate Christmas show – with sacrilegious twists."

- Guardian