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The Binding

Narrated by: Carl Prekopp
Length: 15 hrs and 29 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (15 ratings)
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Summary

Imagine you could erase your grief.
Imagine you could forget your pain.
Imagine you could hide a secret.
Forever.

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 handcraft 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.

©2019 Bridget Collins (P)2019 HarperCollins Publishers

Critic reviews

"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 story telling. Spellbinding." (Tracy Chevalier) 

"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)

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amazing, breath taking, heart wrenching

The language is so beautiful, but not too flourished. Just the right kind of magic to add to the story. The plot gets darker than you might think at first. But it is well worth a few uneasy nights to get through this.

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Magical

As a bookbinder by trade, this stands close to my heart. There IS a kind of magic in binding a book.. The details described in tools and processes were a joy to recognise. The story itself is subtle and passionate and gentle and addictive and strong and brilliant...! It beautifully weaved together threads of love and craft and mystery and the narrators' voice transferred it all perfectly. I cannot praise it enough. I will be looking out for more of both Collins' and Prekopps' works.

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Not at all what I expected, but a good read.

There is a beauty to this story that is hard to put into words and not really evident until the whole tale has been spun. It’s worth your patience and indulgence. It’s a little over-written for my taste, a little laboured in places, but I was moved by the story and it’s fascinating characters and setting.

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So Many Similes

At its core a good story. Spoiled with the smilies. The description of the binding was brave. As brave as a lion with claws like red hot nails but also with a wind as cold, as a cold knife that's been in the ice house.

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  • 17-01-19

Both story and narration are absolutely fantastic!

Both story and narration are absolutely fantastic! Enjoyed it so much. Please don’t be put off by the length. I’ll definitely listen again