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Product Description

Tick tock! Tick tock! Some stories are like that. Once you’ve wound them up, nothing will stop them…

A tormented apprentice clock-maker, a deadly mechanical knight in armour – and the sinister Dr Kalmenius, whom some say is the devil… Wind up these characters, fit them into a story on a cold winter’s evening with the snow swirling down, and suddenly life and the story begin to merge in a peculiarly macabre – and unstoppable – way. Almost like clockwork… Like a strange and wonderful machine, this intricate tale cleverly brings its own cogs together to recreate what happened in a little German town one dark long-ago night…

“For those who want to read spooky stories this winter in front of a flickering fire, this story could hardly be bettered.” Independent

“Deeply satisfying and deserves to become a classic.” TES

Product Details

Catalogue number

5559 in Schools Catalogue 2016/17 and 8921 in Primary Education Catalogue 2017

Format

Paperback

ISBN

9780440866381

Publisher

Yearling (imprint of Random House Children's Books)

Date published

November 4th, 2004

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  • 96 pages
Condition

New

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Author/Illustrator

Philip Pullman

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Philip Pullman is probably the world’s most acclaimed living children’s author, whose bold, brilliant books have set new parameters for what children’s writing can say and do.

He is best known for the trilogy of books known as His Dark Materials, which won the Carnegie Medal and the Whitbread Book of the Year Award. In 2003, His Dark Materials came third in the BBC’s ‘Big Read’ competition to find the nation’s favourite book, and in 2005 he was awarded the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award, the world’s biggest prize for children’s literature. In 2007, The Golden Compass became a major Hollywood film starring Nicole Kidman and Daniel Craig. He has published nearly 20 books in total, and when he’s not writing he likes to play the piano (badly), draw and make things out of wood.

Philip was born in Norwich on 19th October 1946. The early part of his life was spent travelling all over the world, because his father and then his stepfather were both in the Royal Air Force. He spent part of his childhood in Australia, where he first met the wonders of comics, and grew to love Superman and Batman in particular.

From the age of 11, he lived in North Wales, having moved back to Britain. It was a time when children were allowed to roam anywhere, to play in the streets, to wander over the hills, and he took full advantage of it. His English teacher, Miss Enid Jones, was a big influence on him, and he still sends her copies of his books.

After he left school he went to Exeter College, Oxford, to read English. He did a number of odd jobs for a while, and then moved back to Oxford to become a teacher. He taught at various middle schools for twelve years, and then moved to Westminster College, Oxford, to be a part-time lecturer. He taught courses on the Victorian novel and on the folk tale, and also a course examining how words and pictures fit together. He eventually left teaching in order to write full-time.

His first published novel was for adults, but he began writing for children when he was a teacher. Some of his novels were based on plays he wrote for his school pupils, such as The Ruby In The Smoke.

Philip still lives in Oxford, and he writes in a shed at the bottom of his garden. The shed contains two comfortable chairs (one for writing in, one for sitting at the computer in), several hundred books, a six-foot-long stuffed rat which took a part in his play Sherlock Holmes and the Limehouse Horror, a guitar, a saxophone, as well as the computer, decorated with dozens of brightly coloured artificial flowers attached to it by Blu-Tack.

Blu-Tack plays a big part in Philip Pullman’s writing process. With it he sticks to the wall pictures, notes, posters, reminders, postcards, book jackets, anything that will stay there.

Another product of technology that Philip can’t do without is Post-it Notes, the smallest yellow ones in particular. They are very useful for planning the shape of a story: he writes a brief sentence summarising a scene on one of them, and then puts them on a very big piece of paper which he can fill with up to sixty or more different scenes, moving them around to get the best order.

Philip Pullman believes firmly in the virtues of healthy exercise and a moderate diet — for other people. It makes them feel virtuous, and makes them feel good if not happy. He is fond of sport, and plays it by watching television. He is a big fan of Neighbours, but that is the only soap he watches, as Neighbours gives him quite enough to think about.

He is married to Jude. Their son Jamie is a viola player, and their younger son Tom studies linguistics at university.

As far as he can tell, Philip Pullman is moderately harmless and useful. He would like to carry on doing what he’s doing now, and there seems no reason why he shouldn’t, but if it suddenly became against the law to write stories, he would break the law without a second’s hesitation.

“Stories are the most important thing in the world. Without stories, we wouldn’t be human beings at all.”

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  1. Ron
    on 7 November 2013

    AMAZING!!

    An amazing and atmospheric book!! Cannor emphasize how engaging, intriguing and how much it is the work of a genius!! You want to know atmospehere? Get this book… you will not regret it!! =)

    5out of 5

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    artemis908
    on 4 August 2015

    Suspensive, creepy and unique, I loved it!!! We started reading it a school, but when I got home I downloaded it and read it in one day. Full of cliffhangers, I definitely recommend it for lovers of suspense.

    4out of 5
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    Mohsen1010
    on 7 March 2014

    This is unquestionably one of those books that you just can’t put down. With a cliff-hanger on every page, the suspense is at times, almost unbearable. Absolutely remarkable.

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    TheUltimateBookcase
    on 17 October 2013

    It is so interesting yet slightly Gothic and scary at the same time! A very original storyline. Amazing.

    5out of 5
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    Nashdasher
    on 7 March 2013

    A nice original book with a great story line

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    elliott1265
    on 21 September 2012

    itis is a very good book, we read it in class and I couldnt take my eyes out of it

    5out of 5
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    dashernasher
    on 3 March 2012

    I love this book so diffrent

    5out of 5
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    bookworm662
    on 23 February 2012

    its brilent i think its got to be in my best books ever top ten trust me its amazing

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    monkeysbananas
    on 6 May 2010

    I quite liked this book! At times it was a bit confusing but I was quite a bit younger when I read it so maybe that’s why!! I think you should read this!!

    4out of 5