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Sandra Newman's The Men: A crunchy and compelling dystopia

From the author of The Heavens, The Men sees women left behind to grieve and forced to rebuild.

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The Men is out now (Granta)

It’s the men who say bye in Sandra Newman’s new novel – all of them, all at once.

Everyone with a Y chromosome disappears from the Earth in a moment, leaving women behind to wonder why, to grieve and to rebuild. The society that emerges is no less complex than the one it has replaced, a dystopia that is fractured, sometimes brutish and downright creepy.

Newman has always been a brave writer who doesn’t flinch from outsize topics, and The Men is every bit as crunchy and compelling as outstanding earlier books such as The Heavens and The Country of Ice Cream Star.

Chris Deerin is a journalist and the director of Reform Scotland.

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