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Issue 283 Book Club

June 4, 2017


The Adventures of John Blake

by Philip Pullman

Illustrated by Fred Fordham

David Fickling Books/The Phoenix comic




Far out at sea, and hidden by the fog of time, sails the Mary Alice and her crew – searching for a way home. But the mysterious ship is being hunted by a villain who will go to ANY lengths to track her down …

When a storm hits a small family yacht throwing a young girl overboard, John Blake dives in to save her and brings her aboard the so-called ghost ship. But trying to return her to her own time means going back to the one place where they run the greatest risk of being completely annihilated.

Join John Blake and the crew for an unforgettable time-travelling adventure on the high seas. With art by Fred Fordham.


Philip Pullman is the author of the legendary His Dark Materials trilogy! He has won more awards than you can shake a stick at, including the Carnegie Medal, the Guardian Children’s Book Award and a CBE. His writing is so awesome that The Times named him as one of the 50 greatest writers since 1945! He lives in Oxford, where’s it’s rumoured there’s a portal to Phoenix HQ…



Fred Fordham is truly a graphic-novel machine! From his first book, Nightfall, to his art in the astounding Phoenix smash hit, The Rocket of Rawangadalli, he’s been delighting readers, inspiring imaginations across the world, and generally making people say “WOW, LOOK AT THAT!”