Hundreds turn out for Book of Dust midnight events

Hundreds of fans turned out to the midnight events held around the country on Wednesday evening (18th October) to celebrate the publication of the first in Philip Pullman’s The Book of Dust trilogy. Meanwhile, critics have given the highly-anticipated novel rave reviews on its publication day today. Around 150 people turned out to the event at Waterstones Tottenham Court Road in London to be among the first to get their hands on a copy of La Belle Sauvage (PRH Children’s/ David Fickling Books). Widely tipped to be one of the bestselling books of the year, Waterstones’ event organiser Rosie Beaumont-Thomas said “preorder sales have been enormous, even higher than we anticipated”. While the publisher declined to reveal sales figures, Waterstones Bristol branch took money for 230 pre-orders over the past few months, while 10 deluxe collector signed editions sold out within minutes, Edouard Gallais, events manager at the Bristol event said. “The evening went very well with about 60 people attending from 9.30pm, all strong fans of the first trilogy," he added. "We had gypsy jazz music, cocktails and snacks on offer and the Penguin quizzes were a good success too.” The branch sold 26 copies on the night. […]

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