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The Machine

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Publication Info.

  1. Hardback (UK) Blue Door (11 April 2013)
  2. Hardback (Australia) Blue Door (16 April 2013)

Haunting memories defined him. The machine took them away. She vowed to rebuild him. From the author of The Testimony comes a Frankenstein for the twenty-first century.

Beth lives alone on a desolate housing estate near the sea. She came here to rebuild her life following her husband’s return from the war. His memories haunted him but a machine promised salvation. It could record memories, preserving a life that existed before the nightmares.

Now the machines are gone. The government declared them too controversial, the side-effects too harmful. But within Beth’s flat is an ever-whirring black box. She knows that memories can be put back, that she can rebuild her husband piece by piece.

A Frankenstein tale for the 21st century, The Machine is a story of the indelibility of memory, the human cost of science and the horrors of love.

Reviews

  • Part Twilight Zone, part Iain Banks, Smythe has confirmed he is a versatile and brilliant writer

    Nikesh Shukla, author of COCONUT UNLIMITED

  • Like Ballard, Smythe understands, and ruthlessly demonstrates, the nightmare that results when our fantasies are realised. The result is at once terrifying and moving

    Sam Byers, author of IDIOPATHY

  • A book about memory, about the impossibility of making the future match the past, and the danger of following a desire too far

    Matt Haig, author of THE RADLEYS

  • Reminiscent of Ian McEwan at his most macabre, it is fiction that demands to be taken seriously. The Machine uses violence and unshielded emotion to precise and devastating effect, reeling the reader towards a conclusion that feels both utterly shocking and grimly inevitable

    Will Wiles, author of CARE OF WOODEN FLOORS