Ian McEwan, Mitchell Li­brary, tonight, 6.30pm

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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.

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