Bookbinder of Jericho

Williams, Pip


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What is lost when knowledge is withheld?

In 1914, when the war draws the young men of Britain away to fight, it is the women who must keep the nation running. Two of those women are Peggy and Maude, twin sisters who work in the bindery at Oxford University Press in Jericho. Peggy is intelligent, ambitious and dreams of studying at Oxford University, but for most of her life she has been told her job is to bind the books, not read them. Maude, meanwhile, wants nothing more than what she has. She is extraordinary but vulnerable. Peggy needs to watch over her.

When refugees arrive from the devastated cities of Belgium, it sends ripples through the community and through the sisters’ lives. Peggy begins to see the possibility of another future where she can use her intellect and not just her hands, but as war and illness reshape her world, it is love, and the responsibility that comes with it, that threaten to hold her back.

The Bookbinder of Jericho is a story about knowledge – who makes it, who can access it, and what is lost when it is withheld. In this beautiful companion to the international bestseller The Dictionary of Lost Words, Pip Williams explores another little-known slice of history seen through women’s eyes. Intelligent, thoughtful and rich with unforgettable characters, this is the novel of 2023.

Format: Paperback
Pages: 448
Imprint: Affirm Press AUS
Publication date: 26/03/2024

Staff review

The Bookbinder of Jericho
by Pip Williams
Review by Marija

Set in Oxford during WWI, a book binding company finds that most young men’s jobs are now given to the women who stayed behind. She touches on a wide range of topics – gender, family, duty, class, ambition, love and death. If you enjoyed Williams’s first novel The Dictionary of Lost Words, this is for you.

ISBN: 9781922992925 Category: Tag