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Author Philip Pullman
Cover artist Tom Duxbury
Country United Kingdom
Language English
Genre Fantasy
Publisher Penguin Random House Children's
Publication date
United Kingdom:
15 October 2020 (2020-10-15)
Media type Print (Hardback)
Pages 80
ISBN 9780241475249

Serpentine, a fantasy novella by Philip Pullman, is set after His Dark Materials and before the second book of the The Book of Dust series.


Serpentine was not originally intended for publication but was instead written in 2004 at the request of Nicholas Hytner (at that time artistic director of the National Theatre) to be auctioned for charity during the NT production of His Dark Materials; the work sold for a "substantial sum". At the time of writing Pullman had not intended to revisit Lyra as an adult but after the publication of The Secret Commonwealth decided to issue the novella as it prefigures Lyra and Pantalaimon's character development in The Book of Dust.


In this story, a teenage Lyra and her dæmon Pantalaimon revisit Trollesund, the Arctic town prominently featured in Northern Lights as the place of her first meeting with the aeronaut Lee Scoresby and the armoured bear Iorek Byrnison. They seek the witch-consul Dr. Lanselius in the hope of finding answers to their ability to separate.


An audiobook narrated by Olivia Colman will be released on the same day as the print and ebook versions.

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