"The Binding held me captive from the start and refused to set me free. It's a beautifully crafted tale of dark magic and forbidden passion, where unspeakable cruelty is ultimately defeated by enduring love. Breathtaking!"--Ruth Hogan, author of The Keeper of Lost Things
"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
"Truly spellbinding... Many readers of The Binding will simply sink gratefully into the pleasures of its pages, because, like all great fables, it also functions as transporting romance."--The Guardian
"A captivating fantasy novel with forbidden love at its heart."--Good Housekeeping (UK)
"The new 'Have you read The Miniaturist' will be 'Have you read The Binding?' ... 'Gorgeous' and 'spellbinding' is the consensus among those who've already devoured it."--Grazia, "The 2019 Hot List"
"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
"An original concept, beautifully written. Collins' prose is spellbinding."--Laura Purcell, author of The Silent Companions
"A moving, spellbinding book with a powerful love story at its heart and one of the best twists I've read in a long time. I fell into and inhabited and loved it. Such a deeply enjoyable and nourishing novel."--Sandra Newman, author of The Heavens
"Intriguing, thought-provoking and heartbreaking ... what a gorgeous book."--Stella Duffy
THE BREAKOUT SENSATION
SHORTLISTED FOR WATERSTONES BOOK OF THE YEAR 2019
‘Brilliant’ Joanna Cannon
‘Magic’ Erin Kelly
‘Immersive’ Sunday Times
‘Gorgeous' Stella Duffy
‘Astounding’ Anna Mazzola
Emmett Farmer is a binder’s apprentice. His job is to hand-craft beautiful books and, within each, to capture something unique and extraordinary: a memory.
If you have something you want to forget, or a secret to hide, he can bind it – and you will never have to remember the pain it caused.
In a vault under his mentor’s workshop, row upon row of books – and secrets – are meticulously stored and recorded.
Then one day Emmett makes an astonishing discovery: one of the volumes has his name on it.