pullman1Since writing my post about this year’s good reads, I was given a signed, linen bound, encased copy of Philip Pullman’s latest work: Once Upon a Time in the North. It is a prequel to the trilogyHis Dark Materials, a firm favourite of mine. It is a slim volume charting the initial meeting between a young Lee Scoresby the aeronaut, on his first journey in his balloon, and Iorek Byrnison, the armoured talking bear.

And a very exciting story it is too. What a lovely gift.