The Binding (Paperback)Bridget Collins (author)
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Waterstones Fiction Book of the Month for January 2020
Shortlisted for the Waterstones Book of the Year 2019
‘This is a fantasy novel with a difference, achingly romantic ; a haunting story of forbidden love, longing, lust, magic and betrayal.’ – Emine at Bromley
‘Every once in a while a truly special book comes out, one that you know you will never forget... This is that book.’ - Gemma at Elgin
‘The Binding is truly a phenomenal, magical, all-consuming novel of the kind that only comes around once in a blue moon.’ – Ella at Lewes
One of 2019’s standout debuts, The Binding became an instant favourite with our booksellers from the moment it landed in their hands in January. Heart-racingly exciting, chilling and with a startlingly original premise, it is a supernaturally tinged tale of forbidden love, buried secrets and unspeakable betrayal that is simply unforgettable.
Set against a landscape that is part Victorian gothic, part medieval outlier and yet strikingly modern, The Binding slowly unravels a mystery surrounding Emmett Farmer, a farm labourer whose life is irrevocably altered when he receives a cryptic summons, pressing him into service as an apprentice to a Bookbinder. It is an invitation he is both drawn to and desperate to run from.
For a Bookbinder’s trade is like no other.
In the house set deep in the marshes, Emmett learns the skills to make exquisitely beautiful volumes, every one as unique as the last and each holding a dark and peculiar secret: a person’s most unconscionable memories. And to Emmett, they whisper in the darkness. Then one day he discovers a book with his own name on it and is forced to choose between forgetting and the dreadful, tantalising promise of remembrance.
Conjuring a magic all of its own, The Binding is a richly imagined story of boundary-defying desire and prejudice wrapped in layers of enchantment, enigma and stunningly evoked detail. Peopled by fully-fledged characters that live and breathe from the book’s pages, it is a novel to fall in love with.
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Number of pages: 448
Weight: 270 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 mm
'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' - The Guardian
'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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