>> The wait is over for millions of Phillip Pullman fans.>> One.>> The first novel in the new Book of Dust trilogy hitting bookshops on Thursday. It's been 17 years since Pullman released The Amber Spyglass, the last book in his globally acclaimed His Dark Materials trilogy. But now he has returned to the realm of alethiometers, demons, and windows into other worlds with La Belle Sauvage and that's given some people cause to celebrate.
Take for example this midnight party at the Waterstones store on London's Tottenham Court Road. One of hundreds of events being held in shops across the UK. The 150 guests here treated to themed cocktails, food and readings.>> Among the scatter of papers and a heap of books.>> And a chance to be among the first to get their hands on the new book.
>> I've been reading this when I was a young teenage, sort of 11, 12 years old. And very strangely you just come along and you feel giddy and like you're a teenager again. It's very strange.>> 17 years worth of anticipation means La Belle Sauvage is likely to be one of this year's biggest sellers.
Early on Thursday morning, it was topping Amazon's best seller charts. And Waterstones is expecting big sales too.>> This book is hotly anticipated. It's got largest pre-sell figures since Harry Potter and the Cursed Child which was our biggest pre-sell and our biggest seller last year of any book.
I wouldn't be surprised if La Belle Sauvage would stay its biggest seller this year and potentially Christmas number one.>> Those expectations are not surprising. His Dark Materials sold more than 17 million copies in 40 languages worldwide. Once the dust settles, this may well be 2017's literary belle of the ball.