Ian McEwan on Machines Like Me

Bestselling author Ian McEwan discusses his latest novel, 'Machines Like Me', with Erica Wagner.

The Times and The Sunday Times Forum, Cheltenham

Saturday 12th October, 2019 @ 10:30 am

  • In Conversation
  • Questions & Answers


About the Event

The master storyteller behind AtonementOn Chesil Beach and The Children Act joins Erica Wagner to discuss Machines Like Me, his subversive new novel that poses fundamental questions about what makes us human and whether machines can ever understand the human heart.

Venue Information

The Times and The Sunday Times Forum
Montpellier Gardens
GL50 1UL
United Kingdom

About the Book

Machines Like Me
Machines Like Me

Ian McEwan

Publisher:Vintage Publishing

Publication date:18 Apr 2019


3.78 out of 5
15 reviews
"a sharply intelligent novel of ideas"
The New York Times
"Ian McEwan is on top form with this counterfactual tale of love between man, woman… and robot"
The Guardian
"The result works neither as a parable of free will and selfhood nor as an experiment in imagining the quandaries waiting in our future"
"The book is full of free-floating fears"
London Review of Books
"a fictional mathematical discovery is placed in the past and its ripple effects are carried forward"
Times Literary Supplement
"you’ll also find it hard not to admire the sheer scale of McEwan’s ambition"
Daily Mail
"a technically masterful if occasionally bloodless novel"
Financial Times
"morally complex and very disturbing, animated by a spirit of sinister and intelligent mischief that feels unique to its author"
The Guardian
"Machines Like Me reminds us that McEwan is a once-in-a-generation talent, offering readerly pleasure, cerebral incisiveness and an enticing imagination"
The Spectator
"a clever, densely worked but sporadically irritating read"
Evening Standard

**THE NUMBER ONE BESTSELLER**Britain has lost the Falklands war, Margaret Thatcher battles Tony Benn for power and Alan Turing achieves a breakthrough in artificial intelligence. This near-perfect human is beautiful, strong and clever - a love triangle soon forms.