Our foremost storyteller returns with an audacious new novel, Machines Like Me.
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.
"[Machines Like Me] traverses the muddled morality of Artificial Intelligence...This is new and exciting ground for McEwan, one of Britain's most consistently brilliant writers."
Olivia Ovenden, Harper's Bazaar, *The Books We Can't Wait To Read In 2019*
"McEwan returns with another ambitious, high-concept work...[exploring] some very timely moral dilemmas."
Economia, The pick of 2019 reads
"In [Machines Like Me], McEwan has taken his creativity into a subversive alternative 1980s London… the young couple at the centre of McEwan’s story find out the danger in inventing things beyond our control."
Rebecca Thomas, BBC News
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