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The Binding

(2018)
A novel by

 
 
NATIONAL BESTSELLER

A NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW EDITORS' CHOICE

Proclaimed as "truly spellbinding," a "great fable" that "functions as transporting romance" by the Guardian, the runaway #1 international bestseller

"A rich, gothic entertainment that explores what books have trapped inside them and reminds us of the power of storytelling. Spellbinding." - TRACY CHEVALIER

Imagine you could erase grief.
Imagine you could remove pain.
Imagine you could hide the darkest, most horrifying secret.
Forever.


Young Emmett Farmer is working in the fields when a strange letter arrives summoning him away from his family. He is to begin an apprenticeship as a Bookbinder - a vocation that arouses fear, superstition, and prejudice amongst their small community, but one neither he nor his parents can afford to refuse.

For as long as he can recall, Emmett has been drawn to books, even though they are strictly forbidden. Bookbinding is a sacred calling, Seredith informs her new apprentice, and he is a binder born. Under the old woman's watchful eye, Emmett learns to hand-craft the elegant leather-bound volumes. Within each one they will capture something unique and extraordinary: a memory. If there's something you want to forget, a binder can help. If there's something you need to erase, they can assist. Within the pages of the books they create, secrets are concealed and the past is locked away. In a vault under his mentor's workshop rows upon rows of books are meticulously stored.

But while Seredith is an artisan, there are others of their kind, avaricious and amoral tradesman who use their talents for dark ends - and just as Emmett begins to settle into his new circumstances, he makes an astonishing discovery: one of the books has his name on it. Soon, everything he thought he understood about his life will be dramatically rewritten.

An unforgettable novel of enchantment, mystery, memory, and forbidden love, The Binding is a beautiful homage to the allure and life-changing power of books - and a reminder to us all that knowledge can be its own kind of magic.

Genre: Fantasy

Praise for this book

"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

"Intriguing, thought-provoking and heartbreaking … what a gorgeous book." - Stella Duffy

"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

"Pure magic. The kind of immersive storytelling that makes you forget your own name. I wish I had written it." - Erin Kelly

"What an astounding book … something entirely of its own. Brilliant concept, truly extraordinary writing and a killer plot." - Anna Mazzola

"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

"An original concept, beautifully written. Collins’ prose is spellbinding." - Laura Purcell


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September 2019 : UK Hardback

Title: The Binding
Author(s): Bridget Collins
ISBN: 1-78541-762-2 / 978-1-78541-762-7 (UK edition)
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Title: The Binding (Thorndike Press Large Print Basic)
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Title: The Binding: The Sunday Times Bestseller
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Title: The Binding: A Novel
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Title: The Binding: A Novel
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February 2020 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Binding
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December 2019 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Binding
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ISBN: 0-00-827214-X / 978-0-00-827214-2 (UK edition)
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December 2019 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Binding
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ISBN: 0-00-838957-8 / 978-0-00-838957-4 (UK edition)
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January 2019 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Binding
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ISBN: 0-00-827212-3 / 978-0-00-827212-8 (UK edition)
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December 2018 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Binding
Author(s): Bridget Collins
ISBN: 0-00-828859-3 / 978-0-00-828859-4 (UK edition)
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April 2019 : Audio CD
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Title: The Binding: A Novel
Author(s): Bridget Collins
ISBN: 1-982625-24-4 / 978-1-982625-24-5
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April 2019 : Audio CD
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Title: The Binding: Library Edition
Author(s): Bridget Collins
ISBN: 1-982625-23-6 / 978-1-982625-23-8
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April 2019 : MP3 CD
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Title: The Binding
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ISBN: 1-982625-25-2 / 978-1-982625-25-2
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Title: The Binding: A Novel
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April 2019 : Canada Audio edition
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January 2019 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The Binding
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January 2019 : Australia Audio edition
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April 2019 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: The Binding
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Publisher: William Morrow
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January 2019 : UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Binding: The Sunday Times Bestseller
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Publisher: The Borough Press
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Title: The Binding: The Sunday Times Bestseller
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