Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

We Looked at Future Predictions of Global Warming and the Fallouts of War. It Was Depressing to Write at Times

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

We Looked at Future Predictions of Global Warming and the Fallouts of War. It Was Depressing to Write at Times

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As their first joint novel is published, writers Tom and Giovanna Fletcher tell HANNAH STEPHENSON about the real fears behind the bleak fictional future they've created

TOM and Giovanna Fletcher are known for their upbeat writing - he for his songwriting skills with bands McFly and McBusted and his children's books; she for her romantic fiction and blogs about being a mum.

Now, the husband and wife team have collaborated on a much darker project, Eve Of Man, their first novel together - a dystopian tale set in a bleak futuristic world which man has all but destroyed, with the population at ground-level battling to cope with a devastated landscape swamped by horrendous flooding against a hazy sky of pollution.

Inexplicably, no females have been born for years, apart from 16-year-old Eve, who is apparently the only hope of saving humanity. She lives in the Dome at the top of the sky-high Tower, tended to by the Mothers in a world inhabited by hologram humans, and at the mercy of a frightening organisation.

Three potential males have been selected for Eve - to help her procreate and save the world - but she falls in love with Bram, not one of the chosen few, and sets out to take back control of her life and find freedom.

It's essentially a YA love story set against a backdrop of devastation, and the Fletchers - Tom, 32, and Giovanna, 33, who is expecting their third child in September - have made a canny crossover, offering existing fans something different and hopefully attracting new ones in the process.

The idea of a society with no females was sparked five years ago, when Giovanna was chatting to a friend who'd just had a baby.

"She was just saying how everyone in her street had all had boys. I said to Tom, 'Is that nature? What happens if that happens all the time?"' Tom continues: "It was one of those, 'What if?', conversations. What if all babies born are boys, for a week, a month, or longer? Would we be looking at the extinction of the human race?"' The novel echoes their real concerns about the way the world is going - global warming and the damage we are causing to the planet - and their fears for their own children's future.

"You go through moments of being depressed, especially as parents. It affects you more when you read the news stories. We've done a lot of research and reading on whether we could have a mass flood in London and what the flood levels could rise to, and you realise this stuff could actually happen and potentially it's not that far away," says Tom.

"There are some great websites where you can look at future predictions of global warming or the fallouts of war and the technologies that would be developed because of those things. …

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