Author: Bridget Collins
Genre: General Fiction
Format: Hardcover 448 pages
Release Date: 10 January 2019
Publisher: The Borough Press
I would like to thank the publisher and the author for the opportunity to read this book via NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
Imagine you could erase your grief.
Imagine you could forget your pain.
Imagine you could hide a secret.
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.
I wasn’t entirely sure what to expect with this book, the concept of having your memories bound in a book sounded really intriguing and was what initially drew me to this story as I wondered what tale the author would tell. It took a rather unexpected turn for me however and turned more into a story about the love two people share and how people who are meant to be together will come together whatever the odds.
I really enjoyed the magical elements to this book with the idea that people can lock their memories away in books and forget they ever happened. It poses some interesting questions about whether ignorance really is bliss or whether we need those bad memories as sometimes the bad things that happen to us shape who we are for better or worse. I could see this book making a really good book club read as it has a lot of interesting notions that could be explored.
I thought this story worked perfectly in the time period it was set, long enough ago when superstition was rife and certain things were severely frowned upon. The author beautifully put across the feelings between two people in an emerging relationship and the passion and love they felt for each other.
I really enjoyed this book and it was a completely unique story from anything I’ve read. If you like books that leave you with a little warm feeling inside when you finish then this book is for you.
About the Author
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.
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