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The End of Men

(2021)
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"The End of Men is a fiercely intelligent page-turner, an eerily prescient novel, at once thoughtful and highly emotive." --Paula Hawkins, #1 internationally bestselling author of The Girl on the Train

Set in a world where a virus stalks our male population, The End of Men is an electrifying and unforgettable debut from a remarkable new talent that asks: what would our world truly look like without men?


Only men carry the virus. Only women can save us all.

The year is 2025, and a mysterious virus has broken out in Scotland--a lethal illness that seems to affect only men. When Dr. Amanda MacLean reports this phenomenon, she is dismissed as hysterical. By the time her warning is heeded, it is too late. The virus becomes a global pandemic--and a political one. The victims are all men. The world becomes alien--a women's world.

What follows is the immersive account of the women who have been left to deal with the virus's consequences, told through first-person narratives. Dr. MacLean; Catherine, a social historian determined to document the human stories behind the "male plague"; intelligence analyst Dawn, tasked with helping the government forge a new society; and Elizabeth, one of many scientists desperately working to develop a vaccine. Through these women and others, we see the uncountable ways the absence of men has changed society, from the personal--the loss of husbands and sons--to the political--the changes in the workforce, fertility, and the meaning of family.

In The End of Men, Christina Sweeney-Baird turns the unimaginable into the unforgettable.

Genre: Science Fiction

Praise for this book

"Moving, thought-provoking and terrifyingly prescient." - Tammy Cohen

"Brilliant, prescient and unputdownable." - Jenny Colgan

"Compelling and heartbreaking. A remarkable achievement." - Abi Daré

"So much speculative fiction amounts to nothing more than just that: idle what-iffing, spitballed at the reader with little conviction and even less imagination. But The End of Men, like only a very few novels published since The Handmaid's Tale--think Naomi Alderman's The Power, think Children of Men by P D James--builds an alternate reality so persuasive, so confident, that it soon evolves from intriguing fiction to you-are-there docudrama, as vivid as Max Brooks' World War Z. Part parable, part thriller, and altogether provocative, this is the stuff that classics are made of." - A J Finn

"A fiercely intelligent page-turner… at once thoughtful and highly emotive." - Paula Hawkins

"Topical, timely, imaginative, and ultimately hopeful." - Katie Khan

"A tour de force--a feminist reimagining of society but, really, a gripping story about real women. I could not think about anything else." - Gillian McAllister

"An incredible achievement--both a breath-taking feat of imagination and a wise, steady eye on the world as it is." - Jessica Moor

"I ripped through this. It's pacey, devastating, prescient, compelling and confronting, not only because it's the first thing I've read that even touches the sides of the very real pandemic we're living through, but also because a world without men? It was uncomfortable and fascinating to read about. This is a sure-fire hit, and rightly so." - Laura Jane Williams


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Title: The End of Men: The must-read debut of 2021 that everyone's talking about, from a bold new voice in fiction
Author(s): Christina Sweeney-Baird
ISBN: 0-00-840792-4 / 978-0-00-840792-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: The Borough Press
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May 2022 : UK Paperback
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Title: The End of Men: The must-read debut of 2021 that everyone's talking about, from a bold new voice in fiction
Author(s): Christina Sweeney-Baird
ISBN: 0-00-840796-7 / 978-0-00-840796-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: The Borough Press
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April 2021 : UK Paperback
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Title: The End of Men: The must-read debut of 2021 that everyone's talking about, from a bold new voice in fiction
Author(s): Christina Sweeney-Baird
ISBN: 0-00-840793-2 / 978-0-00-840793-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: The Borough Press
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Title: The End of Men
Author(s): Christina Sweeney-Baird
ISBN: 0-593-32813-2 / 978-0-593-32813-2 (USA edition)
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Title: The End of Men
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Title: The End of Men
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Title: The End of Men
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Title: The End of Men
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April 2021 : Australia, UK Kindle edition
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Title: The End of Men: The must-read debut of 2021 that everyone's talking about, from a bold new voice in fiction
Author(s): Christina Sweeney-Baird
Publisher: The Borough Press
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon AU   


April 2021 : USA Kindle edition
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Title: The End of Men
Author(s): Christina Sweeney-Baird
Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons
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April 2021 : Canada Kindle edition
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Title: The End of Men
Author(s): Christina Sweeney-Baird
Publisher: Doubleday Canada
Availability: Amazon CA