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Fantasy novel set in 19th century England - quite good

The Binding - Bridget Collins



I’m in two minds about this novel. It’s set in 19th century England where bookbinders bind people’s memories into books so that they can forget unpleasant memories. That’s as far as the fantasy element goes. The rest is about Emmett’s apprenticeship as a binder, the people with whom he comes into contact and the effect of binding on all of them. There’s sexual content and some violence and loads of description through similes and comparisons. The characters are well fleshed-out and it’s quite a long read. True fantasy lovers may be disappointed but those who enjoy the latest “magic realism “ type of book may enjoy it. I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.