Ian McEwan’s new novel, Machines Like Me, was published in April this year. The plot is set in a world not quite like ours where two lovers are tested beyond their understanding. Charlie loves Miranda who lives with a terrible secret. When he comes into money, he buys Adam, a synthetic human. Charlie and Miranda design Adam’s personality and he becomes the third person in a love triangle. Anne Rowe will explore the profound moral dilemmas these three beings are forced to confront as McEwan’s provocative and thrilling novel warns of the power to invent things beyond our control.
Anne Rowe is Visiting Professor at the University of Chichester and Emeritus Research Fellow at the University of Kingston.