Philip Pullman’s La Belle Sauvage gets accidental early release in Netherlands

Dutch translation of sequel to His Dark Materials was available in shops before copies were recalled ahead of worldwide release on 19 October

With fans around the world having waited almost two decades for Philip Pullman’s highly anticipated sequel to the His Dark Materials trilogy, a few lucky Dutch readers have got their hands on copies of La Belle Sauvage two weeks early – before the novel was promptly recalled across the Netherlands.

La Belle Sauvage, the first in Pullman’s The Book of Dust trilogy, has a worldwide release date of 19 October. But Dutch publisher Uitgeverij Prometheus sent out copies of the long-awaited novel, translated as Het boek van Stof, to bookshops across the Netherlands last week, and lists a release date of 4 October on its website.

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