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Book of the Month: Who Runs the World? by Virginia Bergin

It's June - which means time to introduce you to our latest Book of the Month.

"Who runs the world?" is a question that has been chanted by fans of the undisputed Queen of Pop, Beyonce Knowles for many years. Our new Book of the Month will have you asking that very question - and probably quite a few more about the world we live in.

 

Who Runs the World? is the new novel by Virginia Bergin (The Rain, The Storm) - and this thought-provoking novel asks: what would a world with no men look like? 

Following the story of fourteen-year-old River, who has grown up in a world where men are virtually extinct, this thoughtful novel takes you through what it might be like for the surviving women of an almost-apocalyptic virus that has wiped out men. 

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Here's the full synopsis: 

Welcome to the Matriarchy. 
 
Sixty years after a virus has wiped out almost all the men on the planet, things are pretty much just as you would imagine a world run by women might be: war has ended; greed is not tolerated; the ecological needs of the planet are always put first. In two generations, the female population has grieved, pulled together and moved on, and life really is pretty good - if you're a girl. It's not so great if you're a boy, but fourteen-year-old River wouldn't know that. Until she met Mason, she thought they were extinct. 
 
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Taking a look at gender norms in the world we live in, Who Runs the World? is a book you'll be unable to put down, with a fresh and

intriguing view on much-discussed topics.

We'll be talking about Virginia's highly topical novel throughout June - including asking you to tell us, what might your world without men look like?