the golden compass

How The Compass Lost Its Way

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I suspect that when it comes to fantasy (although tell me I’m wrong) that you’re either a Harry Potter fan or you prefer the Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell trilogy. A more divisive choice lies between ‘The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe’ and ‘His Dark Materials’. The choice is complicated by the issue of […]

Divided By A Common Language

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Back in 1951, Powell & Pressburger didn’t make a film called ‘Pandora & The Flying Dutchman’, but everyone thought they did. The film has the odd ethereal feel of one of their miraculous lightning-in-a-bottle movies, as Ava Gardner and James Mason find redemption from their respective mythologies in the present-day Riviera. The interesting thing is […]

‘Compass’ Spins Out?

I came late to Phillip Pullman’s ‘His Dark Materials’ trilogy, having stumbled over the first few pages and wrongly assuming it would be another Harry Potter. The college setting, the masters with secrets, the talking animals – I set it aside and came back to it during a recent hospital stay. Discovering that it was […]