Ian McEwan, Mitchell Library, tonight, 6.30pm
IAN McEwan’s subversive and entertaining new novel Machines Like Me occurs in an alternative 1980s. Charlie, drifting through life and dodging full-time employment, is in love with Miranda, a bright student who lives with a terrible secret. When Charlie comes into money, he buys Adam, one of the first batch of synthetic humans. With Miranda’s assistance, he co-designs Adam’s personality. This near-perfect human is beautiful, strong and clever. These three beings will confront a profound moral dilemma. Chaired by Denise Mina. There will be no book signing. Visit ayewrite.com for tickets.