The Ruby in the Smoke
|The Ruby in the Smoke|
|Series||Sally Lockhart series|
|Genre||Mystery, Young adult novel|
|Publisher||Oxford University Press|
|Media type||Print (hardback & paperback)|
|Followed by||The Shadow in the North|
The Ruby in the Smoke (1985) is a novel by the English author Philip Pullman. It was also adapted for television in 2006. It is the first of the Sally Lockhart Quartet. It is followed by The Shadow in the North, The Tiger in the Well and The Tin Princess
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Across town, a young girl named Adelaide is tending to one of Mrs. Holland's guests. Along with the soup and bread she bring him, she lights him a pipe containing opium. The man regularly gives up useful, lucrative information when under the influence of opium. He begins to rave and mentions that he must find Sally Lockheart, because he has a message from her father. He makes Adelaide promise to not tell Mrs. Holland.
Adelaide later meets with Jim and tells him about the ravings. Jim promises to pass the message onto Sally, and he writes her a letter, suggesting they meet as soon as possible, to discuss the matter at hand.
A TV Film adaptation written by Adrian Hodges and starring Billie Piper was produced by the BBC. It aired on BBC One on 27 December 2006 and on PBS's Masterpiece Mystery! as The Sally Lockhart Mysteries: The Ruby in the Smoke on 4 February 2007. The UK broadcast attracted 7.07 million viewers. It is notable as marking the TV debut of actor Matt Smith, who would later take over the role of The Doctor in Piper's former series, Doctor Who.
All four Sally Lockhart books were expected to be adapted for television; however, as of June 2012 no information has arisen regarding an adaptation of The Tiger in the Well.
|Billie Piper||Sally Lockhart|
|Julie Walters||Mrs Holland|
|JJ Feild||Frederick Garland|
|Matt Smith||Jim Taylor|
|Hayley Atwell||Rosa Garland|
|David Harewood||Matthew and Nicholas Bedwell|
|Robert Glenister||Samuel Selby|
|Elliot Cowan||Henrick Van Eeden|
|Miles Anderson||Major Marchbanks|
- Pullman's page on the book
- Overview and background
- Review of the book, Scotland on Sunday, 10 December 2006
- BBC mini-site
- The Ruby in the Smoke at the Internet Movie Database