Southbank Centre, in collaboration with Vintage Live, is thrilled to present multiple-award winning author Ian McEwan as he reflects on his many works of fiction. A master of psychological portraiture, and unafraid of fictional experimentation, McEwan has remained at the top of his game for more than four decades, each new novel an eagerly-awaited delight for his many admirers.
McEwan’s latest novel Machines Like Me occurs in an alternative 1980s London: 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 are tested beyond their understanding. This 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?
Ian McEwan is the critically acclaimed author of seventeen books. He has been nominated for the Man Booker Prize six times, and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. Several of McEwan’s novels have been made into highly successful films, including Atonement¸ Enduring Love, On Chesil Beach and most recently The Children Act.