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'This allegory of modern life is both compelling and profound' Daily Telegraph
'Ballard's violent exact prose carries you along irresistibly. You believe him, you accept his vision, and it is a fearful one' Sunday Telegraph
‘A tour de force … a nightmare we can all share’ Daily Mail
'Ballard writes with taut and precise economy, and the moral of his brilliantly original fable is plain: the interstices of our concrete jungle are filled with neglected people, and one day those people could be ourselves' Sunday Times
‘Perfectly enjoyable within the horror comic tradition … exceptionally skilful’ Auberon Waugh, Evening Standard
J. G. Ballard was born in 1930 in Shanghai. After internment in a civilian prison camp, his family returned to England in 1946. His 1984 bestseller ‘Empire of the Sun’ won the Guardian Fiction Prize and the James Tait Black Memorial Prize. His controversial novel ‘Crash’ was made into a film by David Cronenberg. His autobiography ‘Miracles of Life’ was published in 2008, and a collection of interviews with the author, ‘Extreme Metaphors’, was published in 2012. J. G. Ballard passed away in 2009.
Ian Fleming named one of his classic villains after the Brutalist architect Erno Goldfinger, clearly Ballard does not much like architects either. Read morePublished 15 days ago by tallmanbaby
Just another JG Ballard masterpiece filled with brutal landscapes and isolated people experiencing harshness in a catastrophically erotic manner. Masterful.Published 7 months ago by Dave SeaCrab
On the basis of so much critical material treating Ballard's Concrete Island as Robinson Crusoe reframed in early 1970s London, I just wasn't expecting the major structural shift... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Christopher H
A truly compelling read! Enough suspense to keep you reading, even though you should be doing something else!Published 10 months ago by Mrs Fiona A Beveridge
This is an archetypal Ballard offering. A motorway driver, Robert Maitland, crashes his car over an embankment into an overgrown island of weeds and rusted metal between three... Read morePublished 12 months ago by John Hopper
This is an all time classic in it's genre. Very atmospheric and believable. It is a book I return to again and again. I never look at motorways in the same way!Published 16 months ago by tawny28