The Men, by Sandra Newman (Granta 2022)

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In this creepy, unsettling novel, in a moment, all over the world, all men vanish. Over the next few months, a new kind of society emerges, as women gradually learn to take over the roles previously dominated by men - everything from rubbish collection to flying jumbo jets returns to normal, while the world becomes a much safer place, and train stations no longer smell of urine. Then The Men start to appear in online videos, being herded through bizarre other worldly landscapes. Sandra Newman has written a speculative novel that asks some big questions; it's exciting, uncertain and oblique, discomforting and strange.