Join Ian McEwan for an exclusive event as he reflects on his life in writing and his latest novel, Machines Like Me.
In collaboration with Vintage Live, we are thrilled to present multiple-award winning author McEwan in conversation with journalist Martha Kearney, 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.
Ian 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?
Martha Kearney is a presenter on BBC Radio 4's Today programme and one of the BBC's most respected political journalists. Before joining the Today programme, she hosted Radio 4's The World At One for 11 years. Kearney has been political editor of Newsnight and presented Radio 4’s Woman's Hour for nearly a decade. She has won the Sony Radio Bronze Award and been nominated for a BAFTA for her coverage of the Northern Ireland peace process.