The Ruby in the Smoke

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The Ruby in the Smoke
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First edition
Author Philip Pullman
Illustrator Fred Booth
Country United Kingdom
Language English
Series Sally Lockhart series
Genre Mystery, Young adult novel
Publisher Oxford University Press
Publication date
Media type Print (hardback & paperback)
Pages 200 pp
ISBN 0-19-271543-7
OCLC 59171883
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. The book is scheduled to be adapted for the stage at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in August 2016.[1]

TV adaptation[edit]

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[2] and on PBS's Masterpiece Mystery! as The Sally Lockhart Mysteries: The Ruby in the Smoke on 4 February 2007.[3] The UK broadcast attracted 7.07 million viewers.[4] 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 January 2015 no information has arisen regarding an adaptation of The Tiger in the Well.


Actor Role
Billie Piper Sally Lockhart
Julie Walters Mrs Holland
JJ Feild Frederick Garland
Matt Smith Jim Taylor
Hayley Atwell Rosa Garland
Chloe Walker Adelaide
David Harewood Matthew and Nicholas Bedwell
Robert Glenister Samuel Selby
Elliot Cowan Henrick Van Eeden
Miles Anderson Major Marchbanks


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