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Ian McEwan
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Machines Like Me

Ian McEwan


9781787331679

JONATHAN CAPE


Fiction & Literature;
Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945);
Science fiction;
Historical fiction


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320 pages

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ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- 1970 - Britain has lost the Falklands war & sophisticated robots can be bought. They can be programmed to suit their owner, but when two friends share the programming, things go awry. Creepy, funny, and extremely readable.   Peter

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Britain has lost the Falklands war, Margaret Thatcher battles Tony Benn for power and Alan Turing achieves a breakthrough in artificial intelligence. In a world not quite like this one, two lovers will be tested beyond their understanding.

Machines Like Me occurs in an alternative 1980s London. Charlie, drifting through life and dodging full-time employment, is in love with Miranda, a bright student who lives with a terrible secret. When Charlie comes into money, he buys Adam, one of the first batch of synthetic humans. With Miranda’s assistance, he co-designs Adam’s personality. This near-perfect human is beautiful, strong and clever – a love triangle soon forms. These three beings will confront a profound moral dilemma.

Ian McEwan’s subversive and entertaining new novel poses fundamental questions: what makes us human? Our outward deeds or our inner lives? Could a machine understand the human heart? This provocative and thrilling tale warns of the power to invent things beyond our control.

By:   Ian McEwan
Imprint:   JONATHAN CAPE
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 234mm,  Width: 153mm,  Spine: 23mm
Weight:   390g
ISBN:   9781787331679
ISBN 10:   1787331679
Pages:   320
Publication Date:   April 2019
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Ian McEwan is the critically acclaimed author of seventeen books. His first published work, a collection of short stories, First Love, Last Rites, won the Somerset Maugham Award. His novels include The Child in Time, which won the 1987 Whitbread Novel of the Year Award; The Cement Garden; Enduring Love; Amsterdam, which won the 1998 Booker Prize; Atonement; Saturday; On Chesil Beach; Solar; Sweet Tooth; The Children Act; and Nutshell, which was a Number One bestseller. Atonement and Enduring Love have both been turned into award-winning films, The Children Act and On Chesil Beach are in production and set for release this year, and filming is currently underway for a BBC TV adaptation of The Child in Time.


Machines Like Me reminds us that McEwan is once-in-a-generation talent, offering readerly pleasure, cerebral incisiveness and an enticing imagination. -- Lara Feigel * Spectator * Compelling... unforgettably strange... there are many pleasures and many moments of profound disquiet in this book, which reminds you of its author's mastery of the underrated craft of storytelling... [Machines Like Me] is morally complex and very disturbing, animated by a spirit of sinister and intelligent mischief that feels unique to its author. -- Marcel Theroux * Guardian * [McEwan is] as mordant a chronicler of the age as we have... Machines Like Me offers as good a primer on the multifarious anxieties that should afflict us all as anything catalogued as non-fiction . -- Bill Prince * GQ * Machines like Me displays... impressive richness. Excited by ideas and perceptive about emotions, encompassing cutting-edge science, philosophical speculation and lively social observation, it is funny, thought-provoking and politically acute... In this bravura performance, literary flair and cerebral sizzle winningly combine. -- Peter Kemp * Sunday Times * McEwan knows all the novelistic rules... [and his] restlessness when it comes to subject matter, even as he enters his seventies, is stunning... [Machines Like Me] shimmer[s] with relevance. -- Janan Ganesh * Financial Times *

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