Machines Like Me

Machines Like Me

Fiction & Poetry, Modern & Contemporary Fiction, Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror , Science Fiction & Fantasy
Paperback Published on: 05/03/2020
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Machines Like Me
Brilliant and thought-provoking
McEwan somehow continues to pull out new feats of genius and imagination, touching upon the concept of AI in an alternative 1980s. This book is bursting wi... READ MORE
Katie Reid
Machines Like Me
The morality of machines
Clever, dry, thought provoking and dark - this is Ian McEwan doing what he does so well. Set in a parallel world where the UK has lost the Falklands, and T... READ MORE
Beth at Chesterfield


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.

  • Publisher: Vintage Publishing
  • ISBN: 9781529111255
  • Number of pages: 320
  • Weight: 258g
  • Dimensions: 198 x 130 x 20 mm

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Machines Like Me
A must read novel
I have an inner conflict with Ian McEwan’s novels, some I love and find staggering in their bravery and bold inspection of human life and what it means to... READ MORE
Kate Southey
Machines Like Me
I'd love to discuss this with people...
I haven't read very many of Ian McEwan's novels but so far when I do I always love them - long may this continue. This is an excellent read and I think it ... READ MORE
Fiona Sharp
Machines Like Me
Propulsive Reading
As usual with a McKewan novel, it was difficult to put down, with the added expectation of a twist at the end, fingers crossed that the twist wasn’t too aw... READ MORE
Susan Brown
Machines Like Me
A Book to Admire Rather than Love
As usual, McEwan has the seed of a great idea here (the launch of the first consumer AI humanoid robots) and mixes it with some creative-but-plausible coun... READ MORE
Derek Duerden
Machines Like Me
Highly original and thought-provoking
Ian McEwan constantly surprises with the breadth of subject-matter of his novels and his brilliant plot twists and characterisations. This fascinating tale... READ MORE
Sarah Wenban
Machines Like Me
Do machines like me?
I had not read any Ian McEwan but saw this was a "must read novel" so read it. The author has a facility for concatenation of seemingly disparate elements ... READ MORE