Philip Pullman is the author of many highly acclaimed children's books, ranging from contemporary fiction to Victorian thrillers. 'The Subtle Knife' is the second in the 'His Dark Materials' trilogy. It has won several awards, including the Carnegie Medal and the Guardian Children's Fiction Award.
Will is twelve years old and he's just killed a man. On the run, he steps through a window into another world, and finds a companion - a strange, savage little girl called Lyra. Both children have a mission, and they decide to help each other. But the world of Cittagazze is a strange and unsettling place, where deadly soul-eating spectres roam. And in the mysterious Torre degli Angeli lurks Cittagazze's most important secret - an object which people from many worlds would kill to possess . . .