Thursday 11 April 2024

New friends and lovers offer new opportunities but also present difficult choices – and Peggy must write her own story.

The Bookbinder of Jericho
By Pip Williams

Publication Date: 28th March 2024
Publisher: Vintage
Page Length: 448 Pages
Genre: Historical Fiction

When the men leave for the Western Front, Peggy and her friends must shoulder the burden at home.

As she moves between her narrowboat full of memories and the demands of the bookbindery where she works, Peggy’s dreams of escaping for a new life feel ever more remote.

But the war brings people together in unexpected ways. New friends and lovers offer new opportunities but also present difficult choices – and Peggy must write her own story.

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The Bookbinder of Jericho

Pip Williams

 I have spent most of my working life as a social researcher studying how people live their lives and what makes life good. My research has resonated with the public’s thirst for knowledge about how to live a more balanced life and I have been interviewed for newspaper, magazine and radio.

I am co-author of the book ‘Time Bomb: Work, Rest and Play in Australia Today’ (with Barbara Pocock & Natalie Skinner), published in 2012 by NewSouth Press. I have also published a handful of academic chapters and more than thirty peer reviewed academic papers in the fields of psychology, sociology, public health, medicine, work and family, and community development.

A few years ago I became thoroughly bored with academic writing and developed an unhealthy cynicism about its worth. The only logical thing to do was give it up and drag the whole family to the other side of the world to work as labourers on organic farms.

Since then I have published travel articles, book reviews for radio and press, and flash fiction.

My second book, One Italian Summer, was published by Affirm Press in April 2017. It is a work of narrative non-fiction and it tells the story of my family’s journey through Italy in search of the good life.

My third book and first novel is The Dictionary of Lost Words. This book has been a joy to spend time with over the past few years. If you pick it up, I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I have enjoyed writing it.

I live with my partner, two children and an assortment of animals on 5 acres in the Adelaide hills.

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  1. I have this book on my bedside table. It is the next book on my to-read list, I am really looking forward to it.

  2. What a beautiful cover, I shall look forward to reading The Bookbinder of Jericho.

  3. Thank you so much for all you do for both authors and readers. This is now my go-to site to find my next reads, as I know you wouldn't advertise a book that wasn't any good.

  4. I have seen this book while out shopping, but never thought to pick it up and read the blurb. The Bookbinder of Jericho actually sounds really interesting. I will pick up a copy when next I am out.

  5. Thank you for sharing this book, this is the first time I have heard of it.


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