The "demographic time bomb" is the greatest social shift since the Industrial Revolution. The shortfall of nearly a million young people available for work will cause a radical rethinking of all aspects of our lives from work and education to family, social and financial matters. The book poses such crucial questions as: can the family survive?, what will education mean in the 21st century?, can men avoid becoming the redundant male? and will euthanasia be legalized? Jane McLoughlin reveals why the birthrate changed, how we were left unprepared, and the effects on us personally and at work. Finally she argues that far from being a potential disaster, the demographic time bomb could be a superb opportunity to alter our working lives for the better.