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The Binding

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 Bookbindera vocation that arouses fear, superstition, and prejudice among their small community but o...

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The Binding Reviews

  • Liz Barnsley

    Very difficult book to review this, without giving away the secrets that make it pure magic on the page, but let’s see how we go.

    Imagine if you could bind away your memories in a book – once written and bound you forget. You can leave the bad behind. Is that good? Or would it empty you of that which makes you who you are..

    Emmett has been unwell, a fever of the mind, when he is called to learn the trade of the bookbinder. So begins an unusual love story, a speculative fantasy tale, a beautifully
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  • Deborah Ideiosepius

    This book is an interesting example of light magic realism used in a otherwise realistic scenario. The book is set in a vaguely medieval setting (We have pistols and some machinery, coaches ect), though not much writing is dedicated to expanding on the world building of time and place.

    This novel is, essentially a YA love story with the slight twist that the romance is LGBT rather than standard. The twist to the romance, and the world, is that in this world a 'book' is usually made through a 'bin
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  • Christie«SHBBblogger»



    Title: The Binding

    Series: Standalone

    Author: Bridget Collins

    Release date: January 7, 2019

    Genre: historical fiction, fantasy

    I had such high hopes for this book and I'm so disappointed that I didn't love it. When I read the synopsis it sounded like Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind which is a favorite film of mine. It's about a couple who have broken up and erase each other from their memories to forget the heartbreak they suffer from. The twist on that concept is that the memories being erase
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  • Jane

    I was drawn to this book by its intriguing title, by its beautiful cover, and by the promise of a story in which books were fundamental. They were but they were books quite unlike any that I had ever read. They were books that held dark secrets and unhappy memories; drawn out from peoples minds and bound into the elegant leather-bound volumes by Bookbinders, so that memories were erased, secrets were concealed and the troublesome pasts were securely locked away.

    The story was set in a place somew
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  • Will Byrnes

    We’ve been called witches since the beginning of time. Word-cunning, they used to call it—of a piece with invoking demons…We were burned for it too. The Crusade wasn’t new, we’ve always been scapegoats. Well, knowledge is always a kind of magic, I suppose.
    Emmett Farmer is a young man with issues. He used to think that he would inherit his family’s farm. It was the life he was used to and the road he expected to follow to, and beyond, the horizon. But he has not been himself lately. His abiliti ...more

  • Eddie Clarke

    A tricky one. I usually react negatively to books I perceive as over-hyped (whatever their merit), and this one is being hyped to the point of posters on London Underground. It owns literary twitter. Bookshops have huge themed windows and tables piled high. And nevertheless I found myself in possession of Waterstone’s exquisite exclusive first edition with purple sprayed page block.

    Visually, the book is gorgeous. Also, the premise intrigued me - a fantasy world where painful memories can be magi
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  • Beadyjan

    Isn’t it wonderful when you hear about a book you’re certain you’ll love.

    Isn’t it awesome when you are granted a copy to read and review before most folk get to read it? (Thank you Harper Collins and Edelweiss+)

    Isn’t it amazing when you love it even MORE than you thought humanly possible?

    Isn’t it brilliant to be able to shout about it and tell people how amazing it is? And isn’t it hard to find the right words to do it justice?

    To say I adored this book is a gross understatement, I devoured it an
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  • Angel McGregor

    What a phenomenal book!! I received a proof of this book at a Bookseller event, and had the privilege of meeting Bridget Collins and hearing her speak about her story before I read it. Listening to her was fantastic, hearing where her ideas came from and how the story developed. The intriguing idea of books being true stories, bound from people who want to forget, or needing to in order to make money, was one that intrigued me on a level that I think only true bookish people can understand, but ...more