The Binding Bridget Collins


Historical fiction mixed with folklore and magical realism and a love story – and yet that description doesn’t do this story justice!

‘We take the memories and bind them. Whatever people can’t bear to remember. Whatever they can’t live with…’


LOSE YOURSELF IN THE BREAKOUT SENSATION OF THE YEAR SHORTLISTED FOR WATERSTONES BOOK OF THE YEAR 2019 Brilliant Joanna Cannon Spellbinding Guardian Magic Erin Kelly Immersive Sunday Times Gorgeous Stella Duffy Astounding Anna Mazzola Emmett Farmer is a binders apprentice. His job is to hand-craft beautiful books and, within each, to capture something unique and extraordinary: a memory. If you have something you want to forget, or a secret to hide, he can bind it – and you will never have to remember the pain it caused. In a vault under his mentors workshop, row upon row of books – and secrets – are meticulously stored and recorded. Then one day Emmett makes an astonishing discovery: one of the volumes has his name on it.