Waterstones Book of the Year 2017 Winner: Philip Pullman

Published Fri 1 Dec 2017 - By Literature Wales

After nomination by booksellers and a final round of judging led by Waterstones Managing Director James Daunt; Literature Wales Patron, Philip Pullman’s La Belle Sauvage: The Book of Dust Volume One has been announced as the Waterstones Book of the Year 2017. A breath taking, river-borne adventure, La Belle Sauvage is also a gateway to a vast and dangerous universe, a place where dark systems of power align with magic, science and myth. It’s a book that celebrates the true power of storytelling and the potential of reading to both fashion new worlds and illuminate our own.


This coveted award follows a highly successful in conversation event, celebrating the launch of La Belle Sauvage, the first of three volumes to be published in his new series The Book of Dust. Developed in collaboration with Waterstones and Literature Wales, this event saw Author Horatio Clare facilitating an illuminating conversation, and Philip delivering insight, humour and depth to a packed audience in the BBC Hoddinott Hall. Literature Wales is delighted that a passionate advocate for the power of Literature for Children and Adults alike has received this incredible accolade, Congratulations Philip!



Literature Wales believes that all children in Wales should have the opportunity to enjoy and create literature whether that is on the page or through the spoken word. Initiatives such as the Young People’s Laureate Wales, Bardd Plant Cymru, Slam Cymru, and the Writers on Tour funding scheme make this a reality for many young people living in Wales. As the first Patron of Literature Wales, Philip Pullman echoes our statement:

 “I strongly approve of the work being done by Literature Wales to bring children and professional writers together—it’s really beneficial for both parties.” – Philip Pullman

There is another opportunity to hear the author in person at an upcoming event in Pontio, Bangor. Join Author and Former BBC Wales arts correspondent Jon Gower leading an exploration of the magic of storytelling with Philip Pullman next week. Tickets for this event are available here


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