Ian McEwan

The Cockroach – Ian McEwan’s new Brexit satire pays tribute to Franz Kafka’s most famous work

In Ian McEwan’s new novella The Cockroach the main character, Jim Sams, undergo a metamorphosis from an average nobody to the most powerful man in Britain when he wakes up to find himself the Prime Minister.

Read an extract from Ian McEwan’s provocative and thrilling new novel Machines Like Me

‘While his batteries began to charge, I made us coffee then scrolled through the 470-page online handbook. Its language was mostly clear and precise. But Adam was created across different agencies and in places the instructions had the charm of a nonsense poem. “Unreveal upside of B347k vest to gain carefree emoticon with motherboard output to attenuate mood-swing penumbra.”‘