The Silence Factory

The Silence Factory

Fiction & Poetry, Modern & Contemporary Fiction
Hardback Published on: 09/05/2024
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The Silence Factory
Another breathtaking and unforgettable novel from Bridget Collins!
In The Silence Factory, the writing is so rich and evocative, every sentence is crafted so wonderfully to create such vivid and beautiful storytelling. Wit... READ MORE
Laura at Blackpool
The Silence Factory
A poetic journey into ownership, longing, and grief
Bridget Collins has a way with words that makes you want to savour every single sentence, and this was no exception. Her words are crafted with such care a... READ MORE
Jess Grossmith
The Silence Factory
This book?! WOW!!!
Henry dreams of silence. He longs to shut out such thoughts of those around him. He wishes for total darkness to envelop his every sense and finally let hi... READ MORE
Dan - Clifton, Bristol.
The Silence Factory
One of my favourite authors!
I've said if before and I'll say it again, I'll read anything Bridget Collins writes! The stories she comes up with always fascinate me and this one doesn'... READ MORE
Dominika
The Silence Factory
Beautifully immersive, a haunted dream of a book
Beautifully immersive, and what a glorious proof of The Silence Factory by Bridget Collins! I loved both of her previous books, so felt very lucky to recei... READ MORE
Beth at Chesterfield
The Silence Factory
Absolutely stunning
An exquisitely written gothic historical novel. Bridget Collins never fails to draw you in and not let go. It is a totally original full of dark but magica... READ MORE
Sally Boocock
The Silence Factory
An atmospheric and gothic read.
A wonderfully gothic novel with a unique premise and a subtle sprinkling of magic. The story mainly focuses on Henry, and how he ends up intertwined wit... READ MORE
Angie at Blackpool
The Silence Factory
Bridget Collins' Best!
Bridget Collins has shown with her previous two adult novels that she understands this niche of gothic twisted fiction, but with 'The Silence Factory' she ... READ MORE
Hannah Pilcher
The Silence Factory
Collins cannot miss!
Bridget Collins captivated audiences with the incredible duology of The Binding and The Betrayals. She does not miss her next opportunity to excel with thi... READ MORE
Ella-Mae from Lewes
The Silence Factory
Unique Gothic Fantasy Horror
As my first Bridget Collins novel, initially captivated by its stunning cover and then intrigued with its unique story line, I found myself utterly engross... READ MORE
Hannah Sherrington
The Silence Factory
Another stunning novel!
Fantasy wrapped in reality, spun just like the silk of the spiders it's about! I love Bridget Collins' books, and The Silence Factory didn't disappoint. I ... READ MORE
Vanessa at Doncaster

Synopsis

Special collector’s edition with designed foil board and endpapers, limited to the first print run.

Henry dreams of silence.

A world without the clattering of carriages through cobbled streets, the distant cries of drunken brawls, the relentless ticking of the clock.

Then he meets a fascinating, mysterious gentleman who sells just that. Precious silk that can drown out the clamour of the world – and everything Henry is so desperate to escape.

Summoned to Sir Edward’s secluded factory to try to cure his young daughter’s deafness, Henry is soon drawn deeper and deeper into the origins of this otherworldly gift: a gift that has travelled from ancient Mediterranean glades to English libraries.

Ignoring repeated warnings from the girl's secretive governess, he allows himself to fall under the spell of Sir Edward and his silk… but when he learns its true cost, will it be too late to turn back?

  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • ISBN: 9780008424046
  • Number of pages: 384
  • Weight: 600g
  • Dimensions: 240 x 159 x 38 mm

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The Silence Factory
Darkly Gothic Mystery
I really enjoyed The Binding by Bridget Collins but I think this was even better as I was more more inclined to like Henry Latimer than some of her previou... READ MORE
Alyson Hilbourne
The Silence Factory
Gothic novel that delivers true horror
This is a good old-fashioned gothic novel, written in a Victorian style. As you might imagine, there are countless examples of attitudes that are no longe... READ MORE
Rosemary Standeven
The Silence Factory
In a noisy world, silence is precious. But at what cost?
I loved Bridget Collins’s first two adult novels The Binding and The Betrayals. They have in common a certain vagueness of place and/or time. The Silence F... READ MORE
Anne O'Connell
The Silence Factory
Gothic obsession.
Obsession: the state and control of one's thoughts by a continuous, powerful idea or feeling, or the idea or feeling itself, in a way that is not normal. '... READ MORE
Jayne Southern
The Silence Factory
Intense, gothic read!
I'm a huge fan of speculative historical fiction, and Bridget Collins is one of the brightest stars in the genre. I am constantly impressed by how interest... READ MORE
Magdalena
The Silence Factory
A shocking and original gothic story
What a dark gothic read and to be honest I found it took me a while to get into, mainly because I do have a bit of an irrational fear of spiders, but if yo... READ MORE
Lynda Checkley
The Silence Factory
A Beautiful, Beguiling Wonder Of A Book
’”Silence is not only silence, sir, it is attention – it is sanity. It is sleep for infants, medicine for invalids, rest for the working man – it is money ... READ MORE
Charlotte Watkins
The Silence Factory
Gothic sinister novel with a twist - quite good
Having read The Binding, I decided to read another novel by this author but regrettably it didn't enthrall me. The plot concerns Henry, an aurist from Lond... READ MORE
Minette
The Silence Factory
Full of mystery and enigma
I loved The Binding and The Betrayals, so was really looking forward to Bridget Collins' new read, and it does not disappoint - full of the mystery and eni... READ MORE
Lucy Williams
The Silence Factory
Creepy Crawly Gothic Brilliance
I have devoured all of Bridget Collins’ adult novels and even though The Betrayals was less brilliant The Silence Factory is back to the same ridiculous st... READ MORE
Elizabeth Knight
The Silence Factory
Very slow
The silence factory by Bridget Collins is a beautifully written, gothic tale. Like her others it is very imaginative and unique storyline. But I found it... READ MORE
Michelle De Alwis
The Silence Factory
Bridget Collins’ best gothic tale yet.. a cautionary sensory tale
The Binding and The Betrayals by Bridget Collins were excellent novels. The Silence Factory is another winner. This is the story of Henry- recently ... READ MORE
Stephen - the bookworm
The Silence Factory
Another winner from Bridget Collins
This book was an automatic choice for me for two reasons. Firstly because of the author. Her other books are spellbinding. Secondly, the cover which is won... READ MORE
Psychoticpat
The Silence Factory
Unusual storyline
A most unusual and original storyline. The reader is drawn into a world of Silence that contradictorily seems full of oppressive noise. The story is popul... READ MORE
Gillian Frost
The Silence Factory
A unique and intriguing story
I really enjoyed this novel, the story was intriguing and I loved how unique it was. The premise of magic silk had me intrigued and the characters as well ... READ MORE
Marcia Deans
The Silence Factory
An intriguing gothic historical novel
There is something innately enchanting and hypnotic about Bridget Collins's newest gothic historical novel, like the spiders in the tale that weave the sil... READ MORE
Kit Nevile
The Silence Factory
Beautifully constructed novel
Beautifully constructed tale of greed and ambition for power, fame and fortune -capitalism at its worst. Those who are either forced, coerced or tricked wi... READ MORE
Leanne N
The Silence Factory
Victorian gothic fiction
Henry is a sad man recently widowed when his wife and daughter died in childbirth. In his job as an aurist he is sent to see if he can help the daughter o... READ MORE
Aidan Dunn
The Silence Factory
This is a beautifully written book
This is a beautifully written book. Bridget Collins' novels just keep getting better and better. Henry is ambitious but stuck in a bleak job and home wi... READ MORE
Barbara Scott Emmett
The Silence Factory
Intense gothic atmosphere
As I've come to expect from Bridge Collins the writing is beautiful. I was immediately caught up in the intense gothic atmosphere with its mystical touche... READ MORE
Susan S
The Silence Factory
enjoyably odd
This was an unusual and quite odd book - it took me a long time to get into and I must admit that at the beginning I thought I'd missed a bit as it seemed ... READ MORE
jean
The Silence Factory
Complex and engrossing with lots of spiders!
Having read both The Binding and The Betrayals, I was thrilled to see my request for the ARC of this book approved. I am happy to say that The Silence Fact... READ MORE
Charlotte Chrimes
The Silence Factory
Gothic vibes
First of all, can I just say... I love the cover of this book. I find it captivating and would instantly gravitate towards it on any bookshelf. The book... READ MORE
Roz Gilmour
The Silence Factory
“The whole world disappears when you enter.”
I love a gothic novel, so this magical, historical and sinister read was just perfect for me. It is a unique premise, set over dual timelines and very a... READ MORE
Lorraine Brogden-White
The Silence Factory
Definitely a highlight of 2024
Delighted to read another Bridget Collins book (it's been far too long) and "The Silence Factory" didn't disappoint. The premise of silk that blocks out s... READ MORE
Mel Pretorius
The Silence Factory
Dark historical thriller
I always look forward to Bridget Collins releasing a new book and this one did not disappoint! This is a tale of ambition and greed, of men trying their ... READ MORE
Nic. C/ Nickiknackinoo
The Silence Factory
Dark, intriguing historical fiction
As a fan of historical novels set in Victorian England, I was immediately intrigued by the blend of historical fiction and magical realism in this book. Wh... READ MORE
Sara Phillips
The Silence Factory
Weaving silk from snails
This book was not quite what I expected, especially after reading and enjoying Bridget’s novel The Binding. Although the plot was very different - weaving ... READ MORE
Mary Urquhart
The Silence Factory
A clever and brilliant book - as usual for Bridget Collins
I am a Bridget Collins devoteé and any book she publishes is an immediate must-buy for me. The Silence Factory follows in the footsteps of The Binding and ... READ MORE
Charlotte Spence
The Silence Factory
Historical fiction with spiders
Bridget Collins is a talented writer who creates familiar worlds with a twist. The Silence Factory has two timelines, two locations and two points of view.... READ MORE
Geraldine Smyth
The Silence Factory
Gothic delight
An easy 5 stars, the beautiful prose sucked me in from the first page and the pacing was just right to keep me hooked. I enjoyed the dual POV and the thoro... READ MORE
Poppy Hammond
The Silence Factory
Captivating!
Creepy, atmospheric, captivating! What an unusual book, although I guess we expect that with this intriguing author. There were a few times I really wante... READ MORE
Jennifer Avery
The Silence Factory
A unique, somewhat gothic novel which each half telling different stories.
The first story follows a woman who travels to a remote Greek island to meet a scientist friend only to find he is dead. The second story follows an audio... READ MORE
Rhianon Elise
The Silence Factory
Highly recommended
I was fascinated by this novel, the descriptions of the silk production and the mysteries behind the facade. There's myth, there's secrets, there's a lot ... READ MORE
AMG
The Silence Factory
An intelligent darkly brilliant gothic novel
This is a story that is different from most other that I have read, It is a Gothic story with two timelines The first is from the perspective of Sophia As... READ MORE
chris simpson
The Silence Factory
Amazing standalone gothic suspense/fantasy novel
The Silence Factory is a standalone gothic suspense/ fantasy. It mainly follows the perspective of Henry Latimer, a widower employed to help Sir Edward Ash... READ MORE
Faye Heaton
The Silence Factory
Silent Spider Silk
I loved The Binding so was really looking forward to reading this - if anything I enjoyed The Silence Factory even more! The central premise was intriguing... READ MORE
jcmoore
The Silence Factory
Another brilliant novel!
I am a huge fan of Bridget’s, and I was very exited to read this new book. As usual, she does not disappoint - it’s classic Bridget - dark, gothic, creepy,... READ MORE
Elaine Nicholson
The Silence Factory
Dark and intriguing historical read
As a fan of historical novels set in Victorian England, I was immediately intrigued by the blend of historical fiction and magical realism in this book. Wh... READ MORE
Sara Phillips
The Silence Factory
All things gothic and magical
This book was an automatic choice for me for two reasons. Firstly because of the author. Her other books are spellbinding. Secondly, the cover which is won... READ MORE
Psychoticpat
The Silence Factory
Bridget Collins has done it again
Bridget Collins has done it again. If you like intrigue, plot twists, extremely well built and complex characters, this book has it all. This book fo... READ MORE
Joana Santos
The Silence Factory
Historical fiction with spiders
Bridget Collins is a talented writer who creates familiar worlds with a twist. The Silence Factory has two timelines, two locations and two points of view... READ MORE
Geraldine Smyth
The Silence Factory
Most unusual story
A most unusual and original storyline. The reader is drawn into a world of Silence that contradictorily seems full of oppressive noise. The story is popul... READ MORE
Gillian Frost
The Silence Factory
Oppressive, overwhelming and weirdly alluring 4.5/5
I’ve never read this author before, and will be exploring her earlier books. This is assured writing, both horrible and tender, in equal measure. Set in... READ MORE
Lady Fancifull
The Silence Factory
beautifully written
This is a beautifully written book. Bridget Collins' novels just keep getting better and better. Henry is ambitious but stuck in a bleak job and home wi... READ MORE
Barbara Scott Emmett
The Silence Factory
Gothic/historical fiction at its best
The Silence Factory is a tale so well told it is almost believable. Spiders, we know, make intricate patterns with their silk so that is a given. That a pa... READ MORE
Dana Farren
The Silence Factory
A really brilliant and thought provoking gothic thriller.
A really brilliant and thought provoking gothic thriller. The titleis wonderfully misleading as although the factory in question does make lace/silk that p... READ MORE
Claire Morrison
The Silence Factory
Excellent gothic thriller
I’m a big fan of Bridget Collins’ gothic fiction and this is excellent. Not suitable for arachnophobes, this tells the story of a factory in Telverton whic... READ MORE
Nicola Mackenzie-Smaller
The Silence Factory
Lyrical and haunting
This is another great book from Bridget Collins. Thematically rich and a very moving account of parenthood and grief, it explores the twisted web spun by g... READ MORE
Kelsang Kunden
The Silence Factory
“The whole world disappears when you enter.”
“Henry dreams of silence. A world without the clattering of carriages through cobbled streets, the distant cries of drunken brawls, the relentless ticki... READ MORE
Lorraine Brogden-White
The Silence Factory
A novel of magic, myth and science
A very different and unusual premise for a story. A discovery that could silence the world and its people into submission. This is the tale of a man seduce... READ MORE
Viv Rogan
The Silence Factory
A great engrossing read
I was sent a copy of The Silence Factory by Bridget Collins to read and review by NetGalley. This is a really intense and compelling novel with a great se... READ MORE
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