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The Binding

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In the tradition of Sarah Waters, Helene Wecker, and Jessie Burton, an atmospheric and mystery-laden historical novel set within a magical world where books are not stories but the repository of individual lives.

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 th
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Kindle Edition, 400 pages
Expected publication: January 10th 2019 by The Borough Press
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    Paromjit
    Bridget Collins has written a beautifully imagined piece of fantasy historical fiction, a sumptuous love story, of poor farmer's son, Emmet Farmer, and the wealthy, privileged Lucian Darnay, doomed to be star crossed lovers. In this world, books are not what we would recognise them to be, books are for all those things that people feel destroyed by and cannot live with in their lives. They are extraordinary hand crafted, leather bound repositories of actual peoples memories, their secrets, grief ...more
    Ova - Excuse My Reading
    This is a difficult one to review.

    I think I expected this book to be more fantasy than it currently is. It started very slow for my liking, and I think if it wasn't all the PR campaign and the interest that's built on Social media, if this was a book I've myself picked, I'd probably give up around 20%. But I continued reading because I was really intrigued, also the reviews are really good for this book. Sadly I will not join the fan base, this time. The idea of "Binding" is really creative but
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    karen
    Jul 12, 2018 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
    ugh - tell me this technology is available and sign me up, please.

    also, sign me up for the book, double please.
    Umut Reviews
    Nov 24, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    3.5 stars. Original, surprising, consuming...It's a solid debut. Review will come soon.
    Kelly
    Jun 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: physical-arcs
    I was very lucky to receive a beautiful proof copy of this book from the folk at Borough Press and I am so pleased I did. This is a phenomenal book that is going to be a front facer in the fantasy section for a long time coming. The story of a young man who is summoned to be an apprentice binder is beautifully written and full of emotion. A wonderful imagining of a world where your memories can be taken from you, if you wish, and bound into a book that is so cleverly written it doesn't seem like ...more
    Kindling Micky
    THE BINDING felt to be a unique read, within a historical/magically-orientated world. THE BINDING is about my favourite subject, books. It is about the making of them and what is behind the whole need to make a book; it wasn't at all what it seemed to be. More than anything, THE BINDING was about the binder, a young man, an apprentice, Emmett Farmer.

    This is a book that started slow, and for me, it had pacing issues right through the first half. There were periods of confusion in the first few h
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    Karina
    What a story! Set in what feels like Regency era England, but with a fantasy element that combines bookbinding and memory, love and loss, desire and control in a wholly unique way. A story with a forbidden love at it's heart that remains tantalisingly just out of reach, a smart and gripping structure and vividly drawn characters - I utterly loved this and have been urging it on friends ever since I finished it!
    It is also one of the most beautiful proof copies I've ever seen.
    Anna
    Jul 11, 2018 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
    a book about a BOOKbinder? well sign me up.
    Tucker (The Library Reader)
    DNF @ Page 44. I'm really not liking this at all. It's boring and I feel like the story will never start.
    Ithil
    Nov 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    Immediately after finishing it: This is probably going to be a massive hit next year. I loved every second of it and the characters. OMG they have shown me their story, not told me, and I have lived it with them feeling it deeply. What an amazing book. I'm so going to be recommending it!


    You need to read this book. You just don’t know it yet.

    This is going to be a difficult review for me due to the fact that I absolutely loved the book and I’m probably not going to make it justice with a written r
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    Rebecca
    Aug 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
    Angel McGregor
    Jul 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    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
    Penelope
    Jul 15, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: fiction
    An epic, spellbinding and richly imagined novel of magic, memory, books and love. This wonderful novel is a poignant love story, a page turning thriller, a treasure trove of wonderment and just a simply splendid book. I thoroughly enjoyed it and very much hope that the author might brings us to this world again as I would be sad if this was our only visit.
    Iryna Khymych
    Sep 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: arc, favorites
    I received this galley via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. Thank you publisher!

    5 out of 5 stars

    The Binding is one of those novels that will stay with you for the rest of your life. It will pop up in your head every few weeks and make you think a reevaluate morality and choices. It will make you question all previous assumptions. It will make you challenge your own beliefs.

    In this world one can bind unwanted memories, trauma and experiences into books. Here - books are not revered b
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    Angela Oliver
    Jul 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    An entrancing - no, spell-binding! - read that will set your heart aching with yearning. Haunting and beautiful, it should appeal to fans of The Night Circus, Jonathan Strange and Strange the Dreamer.

    It is the story of Emmett Farmer, a young man who, after suffering from a terrible illness, becomes apprenticed to the local book binder. But in this world, books do not hold mere words nor histories. No, books hold memories. And once a person's memory is bound, it no longer belongs to them, and bec
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    Joanne
    Sep 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    I was incredibly lucky to be sent an advanced copy of this book by the team at Borough Press.

    This book was incredible.
    My favourite read of this year, and I can’t wait for it to be released in January so that everyone else can read it too!
    It was utterly absorbing and enthralling from beginning to end. I loved everything about it; the characters were vivid, honest and fully rounded, the plot had just the right amount of twists and turns and I loved the premise on which the whole book is set around
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    Jessica Woodbury
    3 stars for me, but a likely 4 stars for fans of Historical Fantasy.

    What I enjoyed most about this book is how much it surprised me. At first I thought I knew what was happening, but I didn't. And every time I got my feet under me in the narrative, it would shift to something new. The fantasy element (which I won't spoil) is both a familiar trope and a modern twist, the kind that will make you wonder what you would do if it was real.

    There's real stakes and serious issues here, but I found the
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    Ruth
    Aug 28, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Such a great concept! I confess I struggled a bit with the first act thinking that it was a bit slow and a bit too much exposition, but actually once I'd read the second act I pretty much re-read the entire first act looking for all the bits I missed. I couldn't put it down by act three - I loved the viewpoint change and I really needed to know if it would end how I hoped it would. I really appreciated that it's a stand alone book - the author could have dragged this story across multiple books ...more
    Angela Groves
    Aug 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    This is a truly stunning and beautifully written book. I was expecting straight up fantasy with an interesting premise. What I got was a tug at the heartstrings, edge of my seat, cry out in frustration, wonderfully crafted love story, with some incredibly unique magic. I am not normally much of a romantic, no I am, I just hate sop. This was not sop, this was engaging and full of drama. I don't think I could gush more about this book! It is such a satisfying read!
    Ashley
    Jul 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
    Carrie-anne
    Nov 04, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Completely captivating read!
    Beadyjan
    Aug 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: best-reads-2018
    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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    Julie Garner
    Aug 05, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: arc, fiction
    I received an advanced reading copy of this book.
    As an ex-bookbinder and coming from a bookbinding family, I really enjoyed this read. Our bindings are quite the same as those portrayed in the book but it was nice reading about the physical skills associated with it and the paring of the leather. Ahhh....it brought back memories.
    This is an interesting book that takes a small amount of time to build and come into itself. We know that binders are special people and they protect the books with all
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    Sally Boocock
    Jul 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: historical
    Absolutely the best book I have read this year. Not only is it a beautiful cover it is also a n unbelievable story. In a world where your memories can be taken from you and bound in a book so you don't have to remember what you would like to forget. It is a tale of love, lust, desire and betrayal but mostly love A tremendous fantasy novel for 2019. I will be reading again and recommending it to everyone.
    jen
    Sep 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    FULL REVIEW TO COME

    MAGICAL AMNESIA ROMANCE??? SIGN ME UP!!
    Louise ✨
    Nov 20, 2018 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
    "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."

    TAKE MY MONEY
    Stephanie Crowe
    Dec 07, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Mesmerizing! Couldn’t put it down !
    Taylor Holt
    Oct 23, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: edelweiss, reviewed
    Quite a book. Lyrical, poignant, and heart-breaking. I went into reading this book with no expectations - I hadn't even read a full synopsis. The cover is beautiful, and from the quick take I figured it was a book I would enjoy. Was it ever. There was a short section that I had to skip - horrific animal abuse - but other than that, I truly loved this novel.

    Bridget Collins has crafted a work that asks some very BIG questions, all the while telling a simple love story. In the vein of Emma Donoghu
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    Carrie
    Oct 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    "There's a moment when you start a binding, when the binder and the bound become one. You sit and wait for it. You let the room go silent. They're afraid, they're always afraid . . . It's up to you, to listen, to wait. Then something mysterious happens. Your mind opens to theirs, and they let go. That's when the memories come. We call that moment the kiss."

    Emmett Farmer is ill. So ill that he can no longer pull his weight on his family's farm. Plagued by nightmares, fatigue, and bouts of madnes
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