The Bookbinder of Jericho - Pip Williams (Trade Format)

The Bookbinder of Jericho - Pip Williams (Trade Format)

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'This book is a stand alone novel, although it runs parallel to Dictionary of Lost Words. It can be read before, after or just on it's own.

It was an eye opener as to society and especially women's lives during WWI. There was so much information that I had had no idea about. A good read and 100% recommend!' - Karen

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.

In this beautiful novel from the internationally bestselling author of The Dictionary of Lost Words, Pip Williams explores another little-known slice of history seen through women’s eyes.  Evocative, subversive and rich with unforgettable characters, The Bookbinder of Jericho is a story about knowledge – who gets to make it, who gets to access it, and what is lost when it is withheld.


The Bookbinder of Jericho is an extraordinary work of poetic grace and raw beauty that will enfold readers in its powerful and moving narrative.  A stunning companion to The Dictionary of Lost Words, this book is a classic and another triumph for Pip Williams.’ – Karen Brooks



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