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The Games Women Use

Jayne Seagrave

When does female friendship and support become akin to aiding and abetting? Does a criminal act exist if others are unaware it has been committed?

Four young women meet at the start of their adult lives and become lifelong friends. They face commonplace challenges recognised by women across the civilised world; issues of loyalty, relationships, trust, ageing and eventually loss. Or is it, in fact, gain?

Set against the swirling activities in four Olympic Games' host cities (Vancouver, London, Sochi and Tokyo) and culminating in Beijing during the 2022 winter games, the four friends regularly get together to share their individual experiences, achievements, failures, goals and setbacks. What they rarely discuss are the events that led to the deaths of those once closest to them. The cities hosting the Games provide the place, time and distraction for elite athletes to be celebrated, records to be broken, medals to be awarded and maybe for crimes to be hidden?

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Dr Jayne Seagrave is a bestselling writer of guidebooks on women's travel and camping, a successful international entrepreneur and an extensively published academic. She is the author of Camping BC, The Rockies and Yukon (now in its ninth edition), wrote the first introductory textbook on policing in Canada and has also published books on marketing new inventions and a Canadian Shakespearean Theatre Company. The Games Women Use is her first work of fiction. Her infectious energy, joie de vivre and desire to convey her knowledge, experience and interests to others have resulted in an eclectic career. Born in England, Jayne moved to Vancouver in 1991 to complete her PhD in criminology. After initially working in academia, she radically changed career path and, along with her inventor husband, Andrew, established The Vancouver Tool Corporation ( She has two adult sons, Jack and Sam, adores travelling, the outdoors, and spending time with her girlfriends. Learn more at