Acknowledged

I know I’ve written about Laurie Frost’s book on His Dark Materials before. But there’s a new edition out, and anyway, you can’t have too much of a good thing, can you? The new title is Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials, The Definitive Guide. It’s been timed to coincide with The Golden Compass film. The guide is also, temporarily, a Waterstone’s exclusive, but I hope you can get hold of it anyway.

The Rough Guide and the George Beahm book are both good companions to HDM. Laurie’s book has got that little bit extra, though, and I don’t just mean the additional 200 pages. I was going to say that for the big Pullman fan, this is the book for them. But I think I’ll amend that to saying that you need both Laurie’s book and maybe one or both of the other books to really indulge.

Laurie Frost, Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials; The Definitive Guide

This new edition has been updated, has more photos and improved maps of Oxford. The page references have given way to chapter references. And what it has in abundance is Laurie’s love of HDM shining through. That’s worth a lot.

And I never expected this to happen to me, but not only does Laurie mention Son (of footnote fame) in her acknowledgments, but Son’s mother gets in there too. Thank you!

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2 responses to “Acknowledged

  1. The bookwitch is too modest. She neglects to tell you that this new edition includes a number of photographs she and Son took on their pilgrimage to Oxford last summer (she blogged about this here in mid-July and in The Guardian in late July).

    All the photos are attributed to Son, but I’ve a feeling that’s partially a mom-truth. Or a mom partial truth.

    And then there is The Unacknowledged Presence (aka the Resident IT Consultant), to whom credit belongs for any improvements in the Oxford maps this time around. Errors belong to me.

    I wonder how many other authors have ever been so kindly adopted by a family–perhaps this is what many of us with teenagers need, and an ideal family project to keep in mind when compiling those New Year’s resolutions. 🙂

  2. OK, authors, queue here for adoption!

    Anyway, modesty is my middle name. No, it isn’t, but I’m trying. Very trying, as anyone close by would tell you.

    I think I desperately need an adopted sister in Alabama, as long as she is crazy about Pullman. One needs to share madness.

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