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The Binding

Bridget Collins


Harper Collins

Fiction & Literature;
Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)


400 pages

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ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- What if a book is magic, suspected and never spoken of? What if books were only used to bind away the memories you can't live with, and the people who craft them are shunned and treated with distrust and hatred? What if you found yourself driven away from the life you know, apprenticed to the despised trade - and you find a book in your master's library with your name on it - and of which you can have no memory?

This fabulous novel builds on this intriguing premise! Emmett Farmer is suffering from an unknown malady; in his weakened state he is sent in a sort of exile to learn the dark art of bindery. Slowly he builds a trusting relationship with his master, but events will upend the life he is slowly reclaiming and throw him into the way of great danger - and perhaps something more lasting...

A wonderfully immersive novel, one that would certainly appeal to the reader who doesn't need labels (fantastical history? otherworld realism?) for their fiction but who enjoy intriguing characters and situations. Lindy Jones


Imagine you could erase your grief. Imagine you could forget your pain. Imagine you could hide a secret. Forever.

Emmett Farmer is working in the fields when a letter arrives summoning him to begin an apprenticeship. He will work for a Bookbinder, a vocation that arouses fear, superstition and prejudice - but one neither he nor his parents can afford to refuse.

He will learn to hand-craft beautiful volumes, and within each he will capture something unique and extraordinary: a memory. If there's something you want to forget, he can help. If there's something you need to erase, he can assist. Your past will be stored safely in a book and you will never remember your secret, however terrible.

In a vault under his mentor's workshop, row upon row of books - and memories - are meticulously stored and recorded.

Then one day Emmett makes an astonishing discovery: one of them has his name on it.

THE BINDING is an unforgettable, magical novel: a boundary-defying love story and a unique literary event.

By:   Bridget Collins
Imprint:   Harper Collins
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 234mm,  Width: 153mm, 
Weight:   270g
ISBN:   9780008288594
ISBN 10:   0008288593
Pages:   400
Publication Date:   December 2018
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Bridget Collins trained as an actor at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art after reading English at King's College, Cambridge. She is the author of seven acclaimed books for young adults and has had two plays produced, one at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. THE BINDING is her first adult novel.

`The Binding is a dark chocolate slice of cake with a surprising, satisfying seam of raspberry running through it. It is a rich, gothic entertainment that explores what books have trapped in them and reminds us of the power of storytelling. Spellbinding' Tracy Chevalier `The Binding held me captive from the start and refused to set me free. It is a beautifully crafted tale of dark magic and forbidden passion, where unspeakable cruelty is ultimately defeated by enduring love. Breathtaking!' Ruth Hogan, author of The Keeper of Lost Things `Intriguing, thought-provoking and heartbreaking ... what a gorgeous book' Stella Duffy `What an astounding book ... something entirely of its own. Brilliant concept, truly extraordinary writing and a killer plot' Anna Mazzola, author of The Unseeing `Pure magic. The kind of immersive storytelling that makes you forget your own name. I wish I had written it' Erin Kelly, author of He Said/She Said `An original concept, beautifully written. Collins' prose is spellbinding' Laura Purcell, author of The Silent Companions `A moving, spellbinding book with a powerful love story at its heart and one of the best twists I've read in a long time. I fell into and inhabited and loved it. Such a deeply enjoyable and nourishing novel' Sandra Newman, author of The Heavens

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