‘A FIERCELY INTELLIGENT PAGE-TURNER’ PAULA HAWKINS
‘WRITTEN PRE-COVID – GRIPPING, SCARY AND PERSUASIVE’ IAN RANKIN
‘THE STUFF THAT CLASSICS ARE MADE OF’ A.J. FINN
‘GRIPPING AND BEAUTIFULLY WRITTEN. WHAT A DEBUT!’ SARAH PEARSE, author of The Sanatorium
‘BRILLIANT, PRESCIENT, UNPUTDOWNABLE’ JENNY COLGAN
‘AN ENGROSSING DEBUT’ STYLIST
‘HUGE IN SCOPE…AS TENSE AS THE TAUTEST THRILLER’ RED
‘THE MOST BUZZED-ABOUT FICTION FOR 2021’ SUNDAY TIMES STYLE
‘AN UNFLINCHINGLY PACY MUST-READ’GRAZIA
‘AN UNFORGETTABLE DEBUT’ PRIMA
A RACE AGAINST TIME
The year is 2025. Mankind is under threat.
A FIGHT FOR THEIR LIVES
Men are dying, but women remain safe. As the sickness spreads to every corner of the globe, people fight to protect the men they love against all odds.
A DISASTER LIKE NO OTHER
Can they find a cure before it’s too late? Will this be the story of the end of the world – or its salvation?
Compelling and devastating, The End of Men is the pulse-pounding thriller everyone is talking about.
‘A POWERFUL, GRIPPING BOOK THAT HAS MADE ME FEEL A LITTLE BIT BETTER ABOUT THE WORLD WE ARE LIVING IN RIGHT NOW’ BRYONY GORDON
‘FRIGHTENINGLY PRESCIENT… A COMPELLING, MOVING AND INTELLIGENT PAGE-TURNER’ GOOD HOUSEKEEPING
‘A TOUR DE FORCE – A FEMINIST REIMAGINING OF SOCIETY’ GILLIAN MCALLISTER
‘COMPELLING AND HEART-BREAKING. A REMARKABLE ACHIEVEMENT’ ABI DARÉ
‘PACY, EMOTIVE, THOUGHT-PROVOKING AND ULTIMATELY A REMINDER OF THE STRENGTH OF LOVE AND HUMAN CONNECTION’ C.D. MAJOR
'A REMARKABLY PRESCIENT, WHIP-SMART, AND STRANGELY HOPEFUL NOVEL' CHARLOTTE PHILBY
‘DEVASTATING, PRESCIENT, COMPELLING AND CONFRONTING’ LAURA JANE WILLIAMS
‘GRIPPING, MOVING AND SCARILY PRESCIENT. COULDN’T PUT IT DOWN’ CHARLOTTE NORTHEDGE, AUTHOR OF THE HOUSE GUEST
‘MOVING, THOUGHT-PROVOKING AND TERRIFYINGLY PRESCIENT’ TAMMY COHEN
‘TOPICAL, TIMELY, IMAGINATIVE AND ULTIMATELY HOPEFUL’ KATIE KHAN, AUTHOR OF HOLD BACK THE STARS
'AN INCREDIBLE ACHIEVEMENT – BOTH A BREATH-TAKING FEAT OF IMAGINATION AND A WISE, STEADY EYE ON THE WORLD AS IT IS' JESSICA MOOR, AUTHOR OF THE KEEPER
About the author
Christina was born in 1993 and grew up between London and Glasgow. She studied Law at the University of Cambridge and graduated with a First in 2015. Christina works as a Corporate Litigation lawyer in London. The End of Men is her first novel.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
This brilliant debut transports us to 2025 and a world transformed by a deadly global pandemic that wipes out the majority of the male population. Told through the perspectives of a number of different women, it reveals how we might adapt to such a seismic event—be that through poignant tales of individual lives grieving and rebuilding, or bigger-picture stories of societies and governments re-shaping themselves. Absorbing in thought and detail, this is a book that reflects on misogyny in our own times while also believing in the strength of the human spirit—offering welcome optimism for the post-COVID-19 world.
In Sweeney-Baird's philosophically sweeping and emotionally intimate speculative debut, a viral plague that's first detected in 2025 Scotland kills 90% of the world's men within days of contact. A series of narratives follows major players over the next six years, including Glasgow physician Amanda Maclean, who, after being disbelieved about her treatment of Patient Zero, becomes determined to discover the source of the plague; London social historian Catherine Lawrence, who's collecting stories of the plague while protecting her husband and son for as long as possible; and Elizabeth Cooper, a junior CDC pathologist who is in over her head in representing the U.S. research response in Europe. Smaller vignettes highlight other implications of the situation: a woman takes advantage of the situation to kill an abusive spouse, and an entrepreneur becomes rich through a women-only dating site for those who wouldn't previously have considered dating women. The research side of the story line may feel unrealistic to those with a science background, but the personal politics and gender dynamics are spot-on, and readers will feel connected to the main characters' struggles and resilience. Sweeney-Baird is a writer to watch.