Reviews

  • Machines Like Me reminds us that McEwan is once-in-a-generation talent, offering readerly pleasure, cerebral incisiveness and an enticing imagination.

    Lara Feigel, Spectator
  • [Machines Like Me] is right up there with his very best [novels]. Machines Like Me manages to combine the dark acidity of McEwan’s great early stories with the crowd-pleasing readability of his more recent work. A novel this smart oughtn’t to be such fun, but it is.

    Alex Preston, Observer
  • Ian McEwan’s Machines Like Me is a dazzling account of our interaction with technology… He marries a gripping plot, handled with rarefied skill and dexterity, to a deep excavation of the narrowing gap between the canny and the uncanny, leaving the reader pleasurably dizzied, and marvelling at human existence.

    Philip Womack, Independent
  • Compelling… unforgettably strange… there are many pleasures and many moments of profound disquiet in this book, which reminds you of its author’s mastery of the underrated craft of storytelling… [Machines Like Me] is morally complex and very disturbing, animated by a spirit of sinister and intelligent mischief that feels unique to its author.

    Marcel Theroux, Guardian
  • [McEwan's] fierce intelligence [crackles] like a Jumping Jack on Bonfire Night… Arguably the finest English writer of his generation, the ideas he explores are important, now more that ever.

    Richard Dismore, Daily Express
  • [McEwan is] as mordant a chronicler of the age as we haveMachines Like Me offers as good a primer on the multifarious anxieties that should afflict us all as anything catalogued as “non-fiction”.

    Bill Prince, GQ
  • Machines like Me displays… impressive richness. Excited by ideas and perceptive about emotions, encompassing cutting-edge science, philosophical speculation and lively social observation, it is funny, thought-provoking and politically acute… In this bravura performance, literary flair and cerebral sizzle winningly combine.

    Peter Kemp, Sunday Times
  • Original, and as always with McEwan’s novels, beautifully written.

    Independent, *Summer Reads of 2019*
  • McEwan knows all the novelistic rules… [and his] restlessness when it comes to subject matter, even as he enters his seventies, is stunning… [Machines Like Me] shimmer[s] with relevance.

    Janan Ganesh, Financial Times
  • [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*

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