Philip Pullman title crowned book of year
Philip Pullman has described winning the Waterstones book of the year prize for La Belle Sauvage: The Book Of Dust Volume One – as like having “cream as well as apple pie”.
The story, a prequel to Pullman’s hit children’s series His Dark Materials, was awarded the title after beating a shortlist of six other works, including George Saunders’ Man Booker Prize winner Lincoln In The Bardo.
Pullman, 71, said: “I had no idea La Belle Sauvage would turn out to be so popular.
“I daresay many of the people who read His Dark Materials as children are now grown up and buying books for themselves, and I’m very grateful to them.”