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Machines Like Me

by Ian McEwan

PUBLISHED: 18th April 2019
ISBN: 9781787331662
ANNOTATION:
**THE NUMBER ONE BESTSELLER** Britain has lost the Falklands war, Margaret Thatcher battles Tony Benn for power and Alan Turing achieves a breakthrough in artificial intelligence. This near-perfect human is beautiful, strong and clever - a love triangle soon forms.
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PUBLISHED: 18th April 2019
ISBN: 9781787331662
ANNOTATION:
**THE NUMBER ONE BESTSELLER** Britain has lost the Falklands war, Margaret Thatcher battles Tony Benn for power and Alan Turing achieves a breakthrough in artificial intelligence. This near-perfect human is beautiful, strong and clever - a love triangle soon forms.

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THE NUMBER ONE BESTSELLER

Britain has lost the Falklands war, Margaret Thatcher battles Tony Benn for power and Alan Turing achieves a breakthrough in artificial intelligence. This near-perfect human is beautiful, strong and clever - a love triangle soon forms.

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Number One Sunday Times Bestseller

In a world not quite like this one, Margaret Thatcher battles Tony Benn for power and Alan Turing has achieved an astonishing breakthrough in artificial intelligence.

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 - and soon a love triangle forms, which leads Charlie, Miranda and Adam to a profound moral dilemma. What makes us human? Our outward deeds or our inner lives? Could a machine truly understand the human heart? Provocative and thrilling, Machines Like Me warns of the power to invent things beyond our control.

'Funny, thought-provoking and politically acute... In this bravura performance, literary flair and cerebral sizzle winningly combine' Sunday Times

Author Biography

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, Enduring Love, The Children Act and On Chesil Beach have all been adapted for the big screen.

Review

[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 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 Original, and as always with McEwan's novels, beautifully written. Independent, Summer Reads of 2019 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 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 [McEwan's] fierce intelligence [crackles] like a Jumping Jack on Bonfire Night... Arguably the finest English writer of his generation, the ideas he explores are important, now more that ever. -- Richard Dismore Daily Express 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 Ian McEwan's Machines Like Me is a dazzling account of our interaction with technology... He marries a gripping plot, handled with rarefied skill and dexterity, to a deep excavation of the narrowing gap between the canny and the uncanny, leaving the reader pleasurably dizzied, and marvelling at human existence. -- Philip Womack Independent [Machines Like Me] is right up there with his very best [novels]. Machines Like Me manages to combine the dark acidity of McEwan's great early stories with the crowd-pleasing readability of his more recent work. A novel this smart oughtn't to be such fun, but it is. -- Alex Preston Observer 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

Review Text

" Machines Like Me reminds us that McEwan is once-in-a-generation talent , offering readerly pleasure, cerebral incisiveness and an enticing imagination."

Promotional "Headline"

Our foremost storyteller returns with an audacious new novel, Machines Like Me

Product Details

Author
Ian McEwan
Publisher
Vintage Publishing
Year
2019
ISBN-10
1787331660
ISBN-13
9781787331662
Format
Hardcover
Publication Date
2019-04-18
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Pages
320
Short Title
Machines Like Me
Language
English
Subtitle
A Novel
Audience
General/Trade