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About the book

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

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 hand-craft 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.


About the author

Bridget Collins trained as an actor at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art after reading English at King’s College, Cambridge. She is the author of seven acclaimed books for young adults and has had two plays produced, one at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. The Binding is her first adult novel.


Praise for ‘The Binding’

‘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 and The Poison Tree

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

‘Intriguing, thought-provoking and heartbreaking … what a gorgeous book’—Stella Duffy 

‘A beautifully crafted tale … Breathtaking!’—Ruth Hogan, author of The Keeper of Lost Things

‘What an astounding book … truly extraordinary writing’—Anna Mazzola, author of The Unseeing

‘A powerful love story … one of the best twists I’ve read in a long time’—Sandra Newman, author of The Heavens

‘An original concept, beautifully written. Collins’ prose is spellbinding’—Laura Purcell, author of The Silent Companions


Sample chapter

Read the first chapter of The Binding here.


Reading copy giveaway

Be one of the first to read The Binding. Email with ‘The Binding’ in the subject line for your chance to secure one of five copies.




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