THE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER
‘Utterly brilliant’ Joanna Cannon
‘Really spellbinding’ Guardian
‘Pure magic’ Erin Kelly
‘A real treat’ The Times
‘Gorgeous‘ Stella Duffy
‘Astounding’ Anna Mazzola
Imagine you could erase your grief.
Imagine you could fail to remember 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 manage to pay for to refuse.
He will learn to hand-craft beautiful volumes, and within each he will capture something unique and bizarre: a memory. If there’s something you wish to have to fail to remember, he can help. If there’s something you want to erase, he can assist. Your past will be stored safely in a book and you are going to never understand that your secret, alternatively terrible.
In a vault under his mentor’s workshop, row upon row of books – and memories – are meticulously stored and recorded.
Then in the future 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.