“I think of him all the time, and he thinks of me not at all. I love him, and my love torments me. There are times when I feel like a ghost beside him; as if he alone is real, and I’m just a daydream”
The number one Sunday Times bestseller from award-winning and critically acclaimed author Philip Pullman
‘If I vanished he wouldn’t notice, if I died he wouldn’t care. I think of him all the time, and he thinks of me not at all. I love him, and my love torments me. There are times when I feel like a ghost beside him; as if he alone is real, and I’m just a daydream.’
This is the story of two brothers. One is impassioned and one reserved. One is destined to go down in history and the other to be forgotten.
In Pullman’s hands, this sacred tale is reborn as one of the most enchanting, thrilling and visionary stories of recent years.
The Myths series brings together some of the world’s finest writers, each of whom has retold a myth in a contemporary and memorable way. Authors in the series include Karen Armstrong, Margaret Atwood, A.S. Byatt, David Grossman, Natsuo Kirino, Alexander McCall Smith, Philip Pullman, Ali Smith and Jeanette Winterson.
“Pullman at his very best”
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“A supreme storyteller … Pullman has done the story a service by reminding us of its extraordinary power to provoke and disturb”
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Philip Pullman was born in Norwich in 1946 and grew up in Zimbabwe and Wales. As one of the most highly respected children’s authors writing today, he has won many prestigious awards, including the Carnegie Medal, the Guardian Children’s Book Award and the Whitbread Award. His acclaimed fantasy trilogy, His Dark Materials, has been published into 40 languages and sold 17.5 million copies worldwide. He lives in Oxford with his wife, and has two sons.