In the relentless summer heat, four abruptly orphaned children retreat into a shadowy, isolated world, and find their own strange and unsettling ways of fending for themselves...
A macabre but unforgettable tale
Marvellously creates the atmosphere of youngsters given that instant adulthood they all crave, where the ordinary takes on a mysterious glow and the extraordinary seems rather commonplace. It is difficult to fault the writing or the construction of this eerie fable
An extremely assured, technically adept and compelling piece of work
A shocking book, morbid, full of repellant imagery - and irresistibly readable...The effect achieved by McEwan's quiet, precise and sensuous touch is that of magic realism - a transfiguration of the ordinary that has far stronger retinal and visceral impact than the flabby surrealism of so many experimental novels
Hot weather is a narrative device as old as time, but scenes of the stickiest season are taking on ominous new undertones in modern fiction. Lauren Bravo explores how literature’s love affair with the long, hot summer is changing.
The author to follow Machines Like Me with a ‘political satire in the old tradition’ this month.
From alternative realities to machine learning, Ian McEwan discusses the questions raised in Machines Like Me and how the dytopian novel is really about the present.