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Machines Like Me

Machines Like Me

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.

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ISBN 9781787331679
Barcode 9781787331679
Published 16 April 2019 by Vintage
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
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Author(s) By McEwan, Ian
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ISBN-13 9781787331679
ISBN-10 1787331679
Stock Available
Status In stock at publisher; ships 6-12 working days
Publisher Vintage
Imprint Jonathan Cape Ltd
Publication Date 16 April 2019
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
Author(s) By McEwan, Ian
Category Modern Fiction
Science Fiction
Historical Fiction
Number of Pages 320
Dimensions Width: 153mm
Height: 234mm
Spine: 23mm
Weight 390g
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 968325

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* * McEwan returns with another ambitious, high-concept work... [exploring] some very timely moral dilemmas. * Economia, The pick of 2019 reads *

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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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