In over 30 essays written over 20 years one of the worlds great story tellers meditates on story telling warm funny generous entertaining and above all deeply considered they offer thoughts on a wide variety of topics including the origin and composition of philips own stories the craft of writing and the story tellers who have meant the most to philip. Daemon voices phillip pullmans collection of essays on storytelling philosophy and society appears at first glance to be a simple aggregation of a number of his previous talks and articles its only when you reach the end to his piece on the republic of heaven that what hes been . Philip pullmans book daemon voices comes therefore as a trumpet call to arms for readers and writers to understand that storytelling is not mere craft not that being a craftsman he would ever belittle craft but an art given mostly as speeches concerning his own fiction and beliefs they are incisive witty and essential reading. Read this book and weep im not ashamed to say i did it consists of thirty two exquisite essays about storytelling which touch on all the life size subjects i tend to avoid as i read daemon voices i put pencil dots in the margins opposite revelatory passages about life art goodness and truth five stars and dozens and dozens of dots. The one almighty problem with philip pullmans storytelling daemon voices essays on storytelling philip pullman storytelling is the substance of much of his essay collection daemon
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