Virginia Bergin: The Storm, The Rain, Who Runs the World?

The Storm coverVirginia grew up in Abingdon, Oxfordshire in a house tied to her father’s job. She studied psychology but rediscovered creative writing while dabbling in fine art at Central St Martins. She has since written poetry, short stories, film, and television scripts. Virginia has more recently been working in online education, creating courses for The Open University. She currently lives in Bristol and is passionate about the power of stories.

Twitter: @VeeBergin

Website: www.virginiabergin.com             Facebook

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Who Runs the World?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.

The Rain coverThe Rain (and sequel The Storm): One minute sixteen-year-old Ruby Morris is having her first proper snog with Caspar McCloud in a hot tub, and the next she’s being bundled inside the house, dripping wet, cold and in her underwear. Not cool. As she and Caspar shiver in the kitchen, it starts to rain. They turn on the radio to hear panicked voices – ‘It’s in the rain . . . it’s in the rain . . . ‘That was two weeks ago, and now Ruby is totally alone. People weren’t prepared for the rain, got caught out in it, didn’t realize that you couldn’t drink water from the taps either. Even a drip of rain would infect your blood, and eat you from the inside out. Ruby knows she has to get to London to find her dad, but she just doesn’t know where to start. After rescuing all the neighbourhood dogs, Ruby sets off on a journey that will take her the length of the country – surviving in the only way she knows how.

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