The Herd

by Emily Edwards

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LoveReading Expert Review of The Herd

Personal freedoms versus public health - this timely, compulsive, family-focussed debut will spark discussion of vaccination debates.

Though told with clarity and balance, Emily Edwards’ The Herd is an emotional rollercoaster of a novel for readers who like their fiction to have real-life resonance, and family life at its heart. Exploring both sides of the child vaccination debate through two women, its themes and heated scenarios chime with current vaccination debates and conflicts. Namely, how societies and individuals navigate and reconcile public health needs with personal beliefs and fears.

Super-organised, methodical Elizabeth and bohemian Bryony “weren’t exactly chalk and cheese; more like cheese and pineapple - a weird, unexpected pairing that just worked”. Close friends and now neighbours, they’re godmothers to one another’s daughters, and have found a way to balance each of their differences, except on one big issue - vaccinating their daughters. The unravelling of their friendship begins with a birthday party and ends up with tragic consequences, explosive public show-downs and unexpected revelations. Powerful, pertinent stuff.

Joanne Owen

The Herd Synopsis

You should never judge how someone chooses to raise their child.

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 trust that the safety of their children is both of their top priority.

But what if their choice could harm your own child?

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 . . .

About This Edition

ISBN: 9781787634886
Publication date: 3rd February 2022
Author: Emily Edwards
Publisher: Bantam Press an imprint of Transworld Publishers Ltd
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 352 pages
Primary Genre Literary Fiction
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Emily Edwards Press Reviews

It is hard to imagine a more timely novel than The Herd, which explores vaccination and weighs personal freedom against public health. A fascinating exploration of all sides of a particularly knotty, politicized issue. - Jodi Picoult, NYT bestselling author of WISH YOU WERE HERE

Wow! What an incredible book, and so timely. I was riveted! Really beautifully written, compassionately told and incredibly thought provoking. A truly immersive telling of both sides of a story. - Susan Lewis

I loved this book. It put me through the emotional wringer. A genuine rollercoaster that asks big moral questions with beautifully drawn characters who left me in tears but also full of hope - Sharon Horgan

Gripping, thought-provoking, moving and oh-so-topical, The Herd tackles the most divisive parenting issue of our age with skill and compassion. Fans of Jodi Picoult will DEVOUR it. - Tammy Cohen

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

I absolutely loved The Herd. Timely, thought-provoking and compulsively readable. - Laura Marshall

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

The Herd is a wonderful book, skilfully written, compassionate and balanced. It grips from the start and doesn't let go, sending us on a journey that's both timely and controversial, through masterful storytelling, brilliantly drawn characters and huge swathes of emotion. - Jenny Quintana

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Format: Hardback

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