Machines Like Me

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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 fairly like this one, two lovers will likely be tested beyond their figuring out.

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 crucial first batch of synthetic humans. With Miranda’s assistance, he co-designs Adam’s personality. This near-best possible human is beautiful, strong and clever – a love triangle soon forms. These three beings will confront a profound moral quandary. 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 bear in mind the human heart? This provocative and thrilling tale warns of the power to invent things beyond our keep an eye on.

‘That is new and exciting ground for McEwan, considered one of Britain’s most consistently brilliant writers.’ Esquire

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