Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

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Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

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SPEAK by Louisa Hall (Orbit, paperback Pounds 8.99, ebook Pounds 9.49) IN Speak, Louisa Hall entwines multiple viewpoints in a constantly shifting narrative about what makes us truly human.

Spanning a pilgrim girl's diary from 1663, to the 2040 prison confession of a computer programmer who invented a doll so realistic that the children who played with it forgot to socialise, and taking in the letters of Alan Turing and the transcripts of a quarantined girl conversing with a robot, it is a complex, wide-ranging novel.

Posing questions, never judging, it holds a mirror up to our increasingly digital lives, and explores whether artificial intelligence will divorce us from our humanity or whether it has a redemptive power to return us to ourselves.

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