Sarah shook her head disapprovingly, but there was a knot of excitement in her chest, and she already knew she was going to do it.

To Dare – July 1, 2020
To Dare – Jemma Wayne
To Dare – July 1, 2020
To Dare – Jemma Wayne

A five-star novel by one of our best writers. I was gripped.

Louis de Bernières

Veronica and her wealthy husband George are unpacking boxes, hoping a fresh start in their newly refurbished Victorian terrace will help them heal from a recent trauma.

Next door, Simone returns to her neglected council flat. Miserable and trapped, she struggles to take care of her children under the watch of her controlling husband Terry.

When childhood friend Sarah re-enters Veronica’s life, things are thrown even further off balance. As tensions in their own lives rise, the painful memory that binds them threatens to spill into their present.

Three lives collide in this story of family, inequality and revenge.

To Dare

Veronica and her wealthy husband George are unpacking boxes, hoping a fresh start in their newly refurbished Victorian terrace will help them heal from a recent trauma.

Next door, Simone returns to her neglected council flat. Miserable and trapped, she struggles to take care of her children under the watch of her controlling husband Terry.

When childhood friend Sarah re-enters Veronica’s life, things are thrown even further off balance. As tensions in their own lives rise, the painful memory that binds them threatens to spill into their present.

Three lives collide in this story of family, inequality and revenge.

To Dare

2020, Legend Press

Chains Of Sand

2016, Legend Press

After Before

2014, Legend Press

Jemma Wayne – Photo: AP Wilding
Jemma Wayne – Photo: AP Wilding

Thoughtful, vigorous, alertly personal.

Evening Standard

Jemma Wayne is the author of three novels: After Before, Chains of Sand, and To Dare. She has been longlisted for the Women’s Prize for Fiction, and shortlisted for both The Guardian’s Not the Booker Prize and the Waverton Good Read Award.

As a journalist, her work has appeared across multiple national publications, including The Spectator, National Geographic and The Huffington Post, among others.

About

Jemma Wayne is the author of three novels: After Before, Chains of Sand, and To Dare. She has been longlisted for the Women’s Prize for Fiction, and shortlisted for both The Guardian’s Not the Booker Prize and the Waverton Good Read Award.

As a journalist, her work has appeared across multiple national publications, including The Spectator, National Geographic and The Huffington Post, among others.