This fortnight we bring you the first episode of a series as we discuss The Golden Compass, book one of the His Dark Materials trilogy by Philip Pullman. *This book was originally published as "Northern Lights" and was published as "The Golden Compass" in the USA. Topic 1: Tony Makarios. Begins at (1:35), CW for alcohol abuse, abandonment, neglect, death, lack of a parent, abduction, castration, medical experimentation on children. Contains a minor spoiler for book three, The Amber Spyglass. Topic 2: Lyra and abandonment. Begins at (13:50), CW for neglect, mentions of parental death, parental abandonment. Topic 3: Lyra and control. Begins at (22:00), CW for controlling abuse, parental abuse, manipulation, kidnapping, betrayal. Spoiler-free recap and ratings: Begins at (31:07). --- Read the transcript here. If you'd like to make a monthly donation, please check us out on Patreon (https://www.patreon.com/booksthatburn). Music provided by HeartBeatArt and is used with permission.