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*