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Philip Pullman’s “The Collectors”

pullman_collectorsIt’s been quite some time since fans of Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials series have had any new… well, material… to sate us. After the trilogy — The Golden Compass, The Subtle Knife, and The Amber Spyglass — concluded in 2000, Pullman briefly returned to the universe in Lyra’s Oxford (2003) and Once Upon a Time in the North (2008).

Today (at long last!) a new chapter is added to the saga: Audible has released an exclusive, audio-only His Dark Materials short story entitled “The Collectors.” Narrated by the fantastic Bill Nighy (Love, Actually, the Pirates of the Caribbean series, lots and lots of other great movies),

“The Collectors” follows the conversation of a pair of new characters, Horley and Grinstead, as they discuss two new works of art that Horley has added to his collection. Little do they know that these pieces are connected in mysterious and improbable ways, and that both of them are about to be caught in the crossfire of a story that has traveled through time and between worlds. (Audible press release)

Listen to a clip here, then head over to Audible to get the story in its entirety — it’s not available anywhere else (or in print!).

Katie Bircher About Katie Bircher

Katie Bircher, associate editor at The Horn Book, Inc., is a former bookseller and holds an MA in children's literature from Simmons College. She served as chair of the 2018 Boston Globe-Horn Book Award committee. Follow Katie on Twitter @lyraelle.

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