We are thrilled to announce that Affirm Press will publish Pip Williams’s highly anticipated second novel, The Bookbinder of Jericho, set in the same world as her bestselling novel, The Dictionary of Lost Words.
In early twentieth-century Oxford, cracks appear in the normal order of things when World War I is declared. The Bookbinder of Jericho tells the story of that change from the perspective of a young woman, Peggy, who works in the bindery of the Oxford University Press. Peggy has been told that her job is to bind the books, not read them, but Peggy has never much liked being told she can’t do something. As The Dictionary of Lost Words deals with the representation of women in language and suffrage, The Bookbinder of Jericho will explore censorship and access to knowledge and opportunity.
Pip said, ‘The Bookbinder of Jericho was born in the archives of the Oxford University Press while I was doing research for The Dictionary of Lost Words. It has waited patiently to be written, but now the characters are my constant companions. I’m enjoying their journey as much as I enjoyed Esme’s.’
Martin Hughes, Affirm Press Publishing Director, said, ‘Pip is an exquisite writer and a superb collaborator. With The Dictionary of Lost Words being the bestselling Australian fiction debut since Boy Swallows Universe, we’re immensely excited to be working with her again on what sounds like a sensational new novel.’
The Dictionary of Lost Words became a lockdown sensation and has been reprinted numerous times since its April 2020 publication, selling 58,000 copies to date. Rights have been sold to eight territories and it will have major US and UK release in April 2021.
The Bookbinder of Jericho is scheduled for publication in late 2022.