Scholastic is set to publish new paperback editions of Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials series to mark the 20th anniversary of the book's first release.
The series, which is inspired by Milton’s Paradise Lost, comprises of Northern Lights, first published in 1995, The Subtle Knife, first published in 1997, and The Amber Skyglass, first published in 2000. The first volume won the Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize 1996 and the Carnegie Medal 1995 and was voted as the best Carnegie Medal winner in the 70-year history of the award, the Carnegie of Carnegies, in 2007. The second volume won the Whitbread Book of the Year 2001 and Pullman was awarded the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award in 2005. In 2007, the first book was adapted into a film starring Nicole Kidman, Daniel Craig and Sir Ian McKellen.
Scholastic will publish the anniversary editions on Thursday 5th March, World Book Day. This will precede Pullman’s only public event of the year at Oxford Literary Festival on Saturday 28th March at The Sheldonian, where he will be speaking to journalist and writer Nicolette Jones about the success of the trilogy.