The Children of Men
The Children of Men

ISBN: 0446679208
Year of publication: 1992
Keywords: Carl Inglebach Cast Museum Chief Inspector Council of England Five Fishes Foreign Office Harriet Marwood High Street Isle of Man John Street Lathbury Road Local Council Man Penal Colony Margaret's Church Martin Woolvington Pitt Rivers Museum Port Meadow Pusey Lane Roaring Roger State Security Police Warden of England Wytham Wood Xan Lyppiatt

The Children of Men

P D James


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The Children of Men BOOK ONE Omega January–March Friday 1 January Early this morning, 1 January 2021, three minutes after midnight, the last human being to be born on earth was killed in a pub brawl in a suburb of Buenos Aires, aged twenty-five years, two months and twelve days. If the first reports are to believed, Joseph Ricardo died as he had lived. The distinction, if one can call it that, of being the last human whose birth was officially recorded, unrelated as it was to any personal virtue or talent, had always been difficult for him to handle. And now he is dead. The news was given to us here in Britain on the nine o’clock programme of the State Radio Service and I heard it fortuitously. I had settled down to begin this diary of the last half of my life when I noticed the time and thought I might as well catch the headlines to the nine o’clock bulletin. Ricardo’s death was the last item mentioned, and then only briefly, a...