The Herd

The Herd

the thought-provoking and unputdownable must-read book club novel of 2022



'It is hard to imagine a more timely novel. A fascinating exploration of all sides of a particularly knotty, politicized issue.' Jodi Picoult

'Compelling and nuanced. A hugely impressive page-turner' Ashley Audrain

'Will have book clubs across the country in hot debate! Brilliant.' Clare Mackintosh


Two best friends

Elizabeth and Bryony are polar opposites but their unexpected friendship has always worked. They're the best of friends, and godmothers to each other's daughters - because they both trust that the safety of their children is their top priority.

One little secret

Little do they know that they differ radically over one very important issue. And when Bryony, afraid of being judged, tells what is supposed to be a harmless white lie before a child's birthday party, the consequences are more catastrophic than either of them could ever have imagined.

Every parent's worst nightmare . . .


'A knock-out twist' Gillian McAllister

'Really beautifully written, compassionately told and incredibly thought provoking. A truly immersive telling of both sides of a story' Susan Lewis

'Insightful, compassionate and nuanced. The Herd is so good.' Louise O'Neill

'A genuine rollercoaster that asks big moral questions with beautifully drawn characters.' Sharon Horgan, co-creator of CATASTROPHE

Here's what early readers are saying about The Herd:
'A timely and dramatic novel showing both sides of an ongoing debate. Loved this read!' *****
'Such a genuine tale with such high stakes emotion and sensitivity' *****
'A fantastic, thought-provoking and gripping book which would make a cracking book club read' *****
'A complex, layered, wholly character-driven look at a complicated and controversial subject' *****


  • It is hard to imagine a more timely novel. A fascinating exploration of all sides of a particularly knotty, politicized issue
    Jodi Picoult, NYT bestselling author of WISH YOU WERE HERE

About the author

Emily Edwards

After studying at Edinburgh University, Emily Edwards worked for a think tank in New York before returning to London where she worked as a support worker for vulnerable women at a large charity. She now lives in Lewes, East Sussex with her endlessly patient husband and her two endlessly energetic young sons.

The inspiration for The Herd came when she was eight months pregnant with her first son, and her husband and their vaccine-hesitant doula had an impassioned 'debate' about vaccination in their garden. As she sat there with her hands over her huge stomach listening to them both, Emily realized this was an issue which impacts us all and that it would make a brilliant topic for a novel.
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