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Machines Like Me

Machines Like Me (Hardback)

By McEwan, Ian

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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. Charlie, drifting through life and dodging full-time employment, is in love with Miranda, a bright student who lives with a terrib... read full description below.

ISBN 9781787331662
Barcode 9781787331662
Published 18 April 2019 by Vintage
Format Hardback
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ISBN-13 9781787331662
ISBN-10 1787331660
Stock Available
Status Indent title (internationally sourced), usually ships 4-6 weeks
Publisher Vintage
Imprint Jonathan Cape Ltd
Publication Date 18 April 2019
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Hardback
Author(s) By McEwan, Ian
Category Modern Fiction
Science Fiction
Historical Fiction
Number of Pages 320
Dimensions Width: 162mm
Height: 240mm
Spine: 32mm
Weight 622g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress FICTION / Alternative History, FICTION / Science Fiction / Cyberpunk, Science fiction, Historical fiction, Great Britain - Fiction - History - 20th century
NBS Text General & Literary Fiction
ONIX Text General/trade
Dewey Code 823.92
Catalogue Code 957576

Description of this Book

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.

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

NZ 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* *
UK Review Bertrams Star Rating: 5 stars (out of 5)

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Author's Bio

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.

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