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The Binding by Bridget Collins

The Binding

Bridget Collins

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2 reviews

Imprint: The Borough Press
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 2 Jan 2019
ISBN: 9780008272111

`I wish I had written it' Erin Kelly 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.

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4 stars out of 5
Sandra Newman
4 Jan 2019

"...like all great fables, it also functions as transporting romance"

Many readers of The Binding will simply sink gratefully into the pleasures of its pages, because, like all great fables, it also functions as transporting romance. I once heard an author of young adult fiction being asked what her novel was about, and instead of explaining its adventure plot or sophisticated science- fiction premise, she said: “Kissing”. This was clearly self-deprecation, but it was also an aperçu about the pleasure that draws readers to a huge array of books, from The Hunger Games to Anna Karenina. The Binding is a kissing novel par excellence, and on this level, it is like a wonderful meal made from a few simple ingredients: the feeling in your chest when you hold someone in your arms for the first time; the sight of a host of bluebells.

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5 stars out of 5
1 Feb 2019

"a captivating, inventive and unforgettable story"

Emmett Farmer has the same suspicious about bookbinding - the practice by which troubled souls can bind their traumas, fears and deepest secrets into a book - as most people. Struck down with an illness that leaves him unable to work, he feels compelled to accept the position of a book binder's apprentice. Then one day, in the dusty vault under the workshop, Emmett discovers a book bearing his own name. A captivating inventive and unforgettable story.