Cyber meets steampunk in McEwan's new novel
Ian McEwan's new novel Machines Like Me is told by the plain-speaking, science-buff Charlie in a quasi-fictional 1980s England. Thatcher is in power. The Beatles have reformed. Charlie has come into some money. He decides, rather than invest the money wisely, to purchase one of the first batch of synthetic humans, an Adam, 'a joint project to bring' his beloved and him closer together.