Today we’re going to go with a favourite of mine, Philip Pullman. Rather well known already, you might think, but I’ve found half the people who’ve heard of him have never actually picked up one of his books.
His most popular series is His Dark Materials, consisting of three books (Northern Lights, The Subtle Knife, The Amber Spyglass) and several companion novels. The main series follows two young teens, Lyra and Will, who are forced to grow up and discover what it means to be an adult in the most peculiar of circumstances as they travel through a variety of parallel universes with the help of witches, angels, and armoured bears, and together must aim to save and preserve Dust, which is essential to all universes.
Whilst primarily children’s books, they’re wonderful for any age and almost 13 years on from from when I first read them the characters are still just as engaging, and the heartbreaking moments still just as heartbreaking.
… It’s worth noting if you watched The Golden Compass, the film based on The Northern Lights, and were put off of the books… the film was rubbish.
Another excellent series of his is the Sally Lockhart series, made up of four books beginning with The Ruby in the Smoke which begins with a young woman (Sally Lockhart, in fact) investigating her fathers death. The BBC made a (from what I can recall) fantastic adaptation of the first two books, starring Billie Piper as Sally Lockhart, and Matt Smith in his first television acting role.