Praise for ‘Miracles of Life’:
'The greatest of living English writers…a superb memoir.' Mail on Sunday
‘What a wonderful book. If there's a better memoir by a contemporary English writer, I don't know it.' Daily Telegraph
‘Fascinating…amazingly lucid…a memoir that effortlessly combines emotional frankness with artistic insight.' The Guardian
‘Essential reading for fans.’ New Statesman
A startling and at times unsettlingly prescient collection of J.G. Ballard’s greatest interviews.
J.G. Ballard was a literary giant. Best known for his controversial bestseller ‘Crash’ and the memoir ‘Empire of the Sun’, he was a writer of unique talent – always surprising, frequently prescient.
Such acuity was not exclusive to his novels and, as this book reminds us, Ballard’s restive intelligence sharpened itself in dialogue. He entertained many with insights into the world as he saw it, and speculated, often correctly, about its future. Some of these observations earned Ballard an oracular reputation, and continue to yield an uncannily accurate commentary today.
‘Extreme Metaphors’ collects the finest interviews of his career. Conversations with Will Self, Jon Savage, Iain Sinclair and John Gray, and collaborators like David Cronenberg, are a reminder of his wit and humanity, testament to Ballard’s profound worldliness as much as his otherworldly imagination. This collection is an indispensable tribute to one of recent history’s most original thinkers.