‘Your past will be stored safely in a book and you will never remember your secret, however terrible’.
The Binding is a gripping tale of adventure, wisdom and courage as well as an unforgettable, magical novel. In its telling of a boundary-defying love story it becomes a unique literary event. Emmett Farmer is working in the fields when a letter summons him to begin an apprenticeship. He will work for a bookbinder, a vocation that arouses superstition and prejudice, but one neither he nor his parents can afford to refuse. He will hand-craft beautiful volumes, and 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 recorded. Then one day Emmett makes an astonishing discovery: one of them has his name on it.
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 Fringe Festival. The Binding is her first adult novel.