Simon Russell Beale has read Phillip Pullman’s new book The Book of Dust, Part One: La Belle Sauvage for Radio 4's Book at Bedtime. Installments run every weekday evening until November 3 but the omnibus edition can be heard online via BBC’s iPlayer.

Twenty two years after the publication of Philip Pullman’s Northern Lights,(which you Yankee types know as The Golden Compass) the author returns to the world of His Dark Materials with a brand new trilogy.

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La Belle Sauvage, read by Beale, is the first volume of The Book of Dust. Set ten years before the events of His Dark Materials, this novel explores the origins of that epic story.

The new trilogy opens in Oxford, at The Trout Inn, with a pot boy named Malcolm Polstead, and the whisper of a mysterious baby girl, hidden at the local convent, in the care of the nuns...