A New His Dark Materials Short Story
I couldn’t believe it when I read that Philip Pullman had teamed up with Audible to release a new short story set in his His Dark Materials universe! I (as well as every other fan) have been waiting patiently for news of the infamous Book of Dust for ages! But we had no idea that a short story would be released. It’s a little shame that it isn’t actually available in book format, but imagine my horror when I realised that it was exclusive to Audible members only!
Northern Lights was the first book I read when I returned to reading after taking a hiatus. Perhaps it had to do with age, or maybe that I found the books I picked up lacklustre, but I went off reading for a bit in my early teens. I was recommended Northern Lights by a school friend, and I fell in love all over again. Philip Pullman’s stories have been a huge inspiration to me, in my own writing, and I often return to them when I am in need of escape of the stressful chores of reality.
I have discovered this morning however, that this new short audiobook story is now available to download from Amazon!! For less than the price of a cup of coffee no less!
I didn’t really know what The Collectors would be about, but I’ve read it has something to do with art and the deliciously dark and sultry Mrs Coulter. I love her character and thinks she makes an exceptional antagonist. I can’t wait to put my headphones in and listen to this sweet story.
“But the thing is,” said Horley, “they didn’t know each other at all. Never heard of each other. It wasn’t about the makers. Only about the works.”
On a dark winter’s night in 1970, Horley and Grinstead huddle for warmth in the Senior Common Room of a college in Oxford. Conversation turns to the two impressive works of art that Horley has recently added to his collection. What the two men don’t know is that these pieces are connected in mysterious and improbable ways; and they are about to be caught in the cross-fire of a story which has travelled time and worlds.
Philip Pullman is one of the most well-loved and admired British authors of the last few decades. He has written numerous novels for both adults and children, most notably the award-winning His Dark Materials trilogy. The Collectors, written exclusively for Audible, serves as a great introduction to this series, while revealing a little something extra to fans of Lyra and her world.
The Collectors is narrated by Bill Nighy, the Golden Globe and BAFTA award-winning actor whose work on stage, screen, and radio has included Love Actually, the Pirates of the Caribbean series and a multitude of TV, stage, and radio appearances.