David Fickling Books will promote the paperback of Philip Pullman's Dæmon Voices: On Stories and Storytelling with a special Waterstones edition and an exclusive print for indies.
The Waterstones special edition features a previously unpublished essay and black sprayed edges.
For indies, the exclusive postcard-sized print features two quotes about storytelling from the essays in the book. The prints are strictly limited to 500 copies of each design, and are only available to independent retailers, via their Independent Alliance sales representative.
The book, released on 1st October, collects more than 30 essays written over 20 years. The publisher said: “Warm, funny, generous, entertaining and, above all, deeply considered, they offer thoughts on a wide variety of topics, including the origin and composition of Philip’s own stories, the craft of writing, and the storytellers who have meant the most to Philip. The essays are a wonderful opportunity for fans old and new to gain a real insight into the Pullman universe, and how His Dark Materials and The Book of Dust came to be, but more than that, read together they give a deep, complex and inspiring vision of humanity by one of the world’s greatest writers.”
Pullman said: “I’m very glad to see these pieces collected inside such a handsome cover. I was surprised to find that I’d written so much, and grateful to the editor, Simon Mason, for making it seem not as repetitive as I thought it would be. But I have been thinking a lot over the years about stories and storytelling, helped by a thousand conversations with David Fickling, and I think that these pieces do stand up, and I still agree with all of them.”
Publisher Fickling added: “No one writes better than Philip and encountering his wonderful sentences is to come as close to reality as a reader can get. He is the greatest writer of English prose today. Reading these essays is an effortless joy.”