- Paperback: 448 pages
- Publisher: HarperCollins - GB (31 December 2018)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0008288593
- ISBN-13: 978-0008288594
- Product Dimensions: 15.5 x 3.3 x 23.5 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 522 g
- Average Customer Review: 4 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 14,888 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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‘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
‘Truly spellbinding … readers will sink gratefully into the pleasures of its pages … Like a wonderful meal made from a few simple ingredients: the feeling in your chest when you hold someone in your arms for the first time; the sight of a host of bluebells. In recent years, the state of the world has threatened to make us forget the simple pleasures of kisses and bluebells and thick novels that tell stories of heartbreak. Here is a book to help us remember’ Guardian
‘Intense, immersive … A stirring, highly original piece of storytelling and world-making’ Sunday Times
‘With a twisting narrative that explores humans’ darkest moments and morals, Collins has created a fascinating fantasy world that evokes the atmosphere of Sarah Waters’ books with a nod to Philip Pullman. And, with a love story holding much of the story’s emotion together, this is definitely a book you’ll want to lose yourself to for hours on end’ Stylist
‘Part fantasy, part faux-history, part heart-in-your throat love story, it’s Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind meets The Miniaturist’ Grazia
‘More of an experience than a book, written with such grace and wisdom. Utterly brilliant’ Joanna Cannon, author of The Trouble with Goats and Sheep
‘Pure magic. The kind of immersive storytelling that makes you forget your own name. I wish I had written it’ Erin Kelly, author of He Said/She Said
‘An original concept, beautifully written. Collins’ prose is spellbinding’ Laura Purcell, author of The Silent Companions
‘A real treat … gothic, imaginative and dark’ The Times
‘Intriguing, thought-provoking and heartbreaking … what a gorgeous book' Stella Duffy
‘Beguiling … Dark and atmospheric’ i Paper
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This book would have been five stars if it had maintained its literary style throughout. There was a slip towards the simpler YA style at the beginning and a tiny bit at the end. The middle part was fabulous.
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Emmett Farmer works on his family farm and lives a simple life. But all of that changed when he was struck down with a mysterious illness that ravaged his body and mind and left his family fearful of him. When he receives a letter from the bookbinder demanding he go to her to become an apprentice, Emmett is afraid but understands that he has no choice. Seredith, the bookbinder, is not what he expected, and as he begins to slowly learn his new craft, Emmett begins to find peace in his new future. But the magic of bookbinding can take its toll, as Emmett will learn, for those who come to them for help will hand over their most painful memories into their book, and return to their life without that memory forever. But when Emmett finds a book with his own name on it, it will change everything for him.
Compelling, hypnotic, emotional, magical, thought-provoking, unique, engaging - these are all words that flare to the surface while I read THE BINDING by Bridget Collins. You often hear that a book is unlike any other etc, but this really is true in this case. The characters and the memories touched my heart and soul in a way that no other book has done before. This is a story to be savoured and as it is released into the world I find myself a little jealous of those who are getting to read it for the first time. I say the first time because THE BINDING by Bridget Collins is one of those rare books that I will re-read over and over again.
THE BINDING by Bridget Collins is that special that I am happy to say this early in 2019, if you read only one book this year, make it this one!
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Genre: General fiction (Adult)
A really unusual story, its hard to class it but it feels like its set back in time but where the magic of Binding – removing peoples memories and putting them in a book– is real. Of course while alive those memories aren't supposed to be sold, but they are the only kind of stories around, and there are always unscrupulous folk....
I did find it difficult re pacing at the start. I felt like I was fully engrossed in Emmet's present and the issues he'd been through when I'm taken to his past, where he meets Lucian. And that was heartbreaking for all parties.
Its a read full of what if's – what would I do in the same situation, and it shows that the old adage of be careful what you wish for is something to be carefully considered.
I loved the characters, the descriptions of everyday life, the horrors of those who abuse the system, from people covering up or forgetting their own bad behaviour, to those poor folk who had nothing left to sell, were so poor they parted with their memories, each leaving its own impact on them. Of course things like that weren't supposed to happen, ostensibly people had to consent but there are ways around that and the more money and position orientated Binders were ready to take full advantage.
It did feel a little disconnected at times, as though I'd missed some essential parts, but that didn't affect the overall story, and the gentle, unfolding romance was beautiful. If this magic was real, yes, I could see all the things in the novel happening all too easily. Its not a HEA story, there's a conclusion of sorts, but its very much a possible HFN, and maybe the magic HEA, though in that time and clime I think its unlikely.
Would I reread this? Possibly, and I'd certainly read more from this author.
Stars: Four, a really unusual and entrancing story but the pacing was a little off for me, and I would have liked a bit more of an ending.
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