I read a number of books by the same author about human children raised by androids or human like robots because there were no adult humans

Edit - The androids acted like they were the actual parents of the children until some flaw/accident exposed them as not really humans. In one I think the parent fell off a building to reveal electronics but take it with a grain of salt. Then the truth was revealed to the group of kids, that they were the only real human beings and the androids were trying their best to replicate a normal human upbringing.

I got them from the local library late 60's early 70's. As I recall they were towards the end of the alphabet as I can visualize getting them out of the back wall of the library which would be P's on to Z's if that helps!

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    This matches hundreds of novels. Can you be more specific? – Valorum Dec 27 '19 at 20:45
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What you describe has some things in common with a 1971 novel by Edmund Cooper called The Overman Culture.

I suggested this book as the answer to another question here, and that answer gives more details about the book.

The main difference between The Overman Culture and what you remember was that it was only one book, not a series. Also the author's surname begins with "C", not late in the alphabet as you remember.

However it does feature human children being raised by androids who look like humans. It also features a human-seeming android being revealed to be a machine after a fall, but the android in question resembled a child not an adult. Eventually Michael Faraday, the young protagonist, realises that only those of his classmates who bleed are real humans - the rest of the children and all the adults in his life including his parents and teachers are androids. By the way, the children all have the names of major historical figures.

The environment in which the children were raised was not entirely a replication of a normal human upbringing. Anachronisms were deliberately introduced into the London setting, such as Queen Victoria co-existing with Messerschmitt fighters, in order to make the human children grow up to be questioning and curious. They were meant to realise that they were living in a reconstructed version of London, not the London of the history books.

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