literature & poetry
spoken word & live literature

Ian McEwan: Machines Like Me

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.

Ian McEwan is the critically acclaimed author of 17 books. He has been nominated for the Man Booker Prize six times, and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. Several of McEwan’s novels have been made into highly successful films, including Atonement, Enduring Love, On Chesil Beach and most recently The Children Act.

Signed copies of Ian McEwan’s new book, Machines Like Me (RRP £18.99), are available at a discounted price of £14 when you buy a ticket to the event. Don’t miss this chance to get your hands on the highly-anticipated new novel ahead of its publication date (Thu 18 Apr).

Dates & times

This event has passed.


Royal Festival Hall


£10 - £30
Booking fee: £3.50 (Members £0.00)
£10, £20, £30


25% off (limited availability)
Find out more about our Concessions policy

need to know

Age recommendation
For ages 16+

Signed copies of Ian McEwan’s new book, Machines Like Me, (RRP £18.99) are available for £14 when you buy a ticket to the event, to be collected at the event.

Access information
This event is Speech-to-Text transcribed (STT).

To join our free Access Scheme and book tickets for these services, call our Ticket Office on 020 3879 9555 or email
Find out more about our Access Scheme