When Emmett becomes a Bookbinder, he begins to realise his true potential. Yet it is a feared profession that brings him into a sinister world of secrets and shadows. But Emmett doesn’t realise just how close to home the danger lies… Memory, loss, magic and desire combine in a high-stakes adventure of forbidden love in Regency-era England. This is an utterly gripping read, intricately plotted with complex, believeable characters in a vividly realised world. A book to fall in love with!
- Recommended by Karina Clifford, Dubray Stillorgan
`I wish I had written it' Erin Kelly
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.