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Machines Like Me - Ian McEwan

Machines Like Me - Ian McEwan
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Title: Machines Like Me

Author:  Ian McEwan

ISBN:  9781787331662

Weight:  891g

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Machines Like Me by Ian McEwan

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.

Peer & Press Reviews

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 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

In this sublimely playful novel… there isn’t a page that fails to make you think, or make you smile.

Craig Brown, Mail on Sunday
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Bibliographic Info

Attribute Details
Title: Machines Like Me
Sub title And People like You
Author:
Book Features
Edition / printing: First edition, first printing
Jacket note On the front of the jacket is a ‘Signed by the author’ sticker (see image).  As the paper used for the jacket has a SuperMatt laminate finish, WE DON’T ADVISE REMOVING THIS as it could result in a flaw known as Sticker Ghost.
Overall condition: Fine / Fine (for more info, see our article on condition grades)
Signed: On the tipped-in title page
Awards and Media
Media adaptation BBC Radio 4 Book at Bedtime: ten 15-minute episodes, broadcast Mon-Fri at 10:45pm from Mon 29 Apr 2019.
Book Stats
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
Imprint Jonathan Cape
Publication date:
Printed by: Clays Ltd, Elcograf S.p.A.
ISBN 13: 9781787331662
ISBN 10: 1787331660
Format: Hardcover with dust jacket
Pages: 306
Size (h x w x d): 241 x 162 x 34mm
Design Credits
Author photograph: Getty Images
Jacket design: Suzanne Dean
Mannequins Reproduced with kind permission of Rootstein Display Mannequins
Jacket photographs Lily Richards

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