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  • Paperback: 784 pages
  • Publisher: Fourth Estate; Re-issue edition (28 Aug 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007245769
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007245765
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 4.6 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 69,605 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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J.G. Ballard was born in 1930 in Shanghai, where his father was a businessman. After internment in a civilian prison camp, he and his family returned to England in 1946. He published his first novel, The Drowned World, in 1961. His 1984 bestseller Empire of the Sun won the Guardian Fiction Prize and the James Tait Black Memorial Prize, and was shortlisted for the Booker Prize. It was later filmed by Steven Spielberg. His memoir Miracles of Life was published in 2008. J.G. Ballard died in 2009.

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‘A marvel … there is something a little shaming in reading Ballard: you have to face the fact that there exist writers with such fresh imaginations they can’t write five pages without stumbling on an alternate world’ Zadie Smith

‘Each of Ballard’s 98 short stories is like a dream more perfectly realized than any of your own … Simply a master story writer – the maker of unforgettable artefacts in words, each as absolute and perplexing as sculptures unviewable from a single perspective’ Jonathan Lethem

‘One of the most haunting, cogent and individual imaginations in contemporary literature’ William Boyd

About the Author

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.


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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By John David Charles Hilton on 28 April 2008
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An excellent collection, well put together and comprehensive. Not sure why he chose to use the same introduction for both volumes, but these two books are a must for Ballard fans and highly recommended to all who enjoy quality, imaginative fiction. It would be grossly unfair to dismiss Ballard as 'science fiction'. This is literature of the highest quality.

As an update on JM Dent's review, the following stories can be found in The Atrocity Exhibition..
You and Me and the Continuum; / The Assassination Weapon; / You: Coma: Marilyn Monroe; / The Atrocity Exhibition; / Plan for the Assassination of Jacqueline Kennedy; / Love and Napalm: Export USA; / The Great American Nude; / The University of Death; / The Generations of America; / The Summer Cannibals; / Tolerances of the Human Face; / Crash!; / Princess Margaret's Facelift;* / Mae West's Reduction Mammoplasty;*
TAE is an essential part of Ballard's oeuvre.
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25 of 28 people found the following review helpful By R J Dent on 19 Jan 2007
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While it can undoubtedly be said that this two volume collection of excellent short stories is reasonably comprehensive, the title is a misnomer. This collection is incomplete.

It does NOT contain any of the following: The Violet Noon; You and Me and the Continuum; The Assassination Weapon; You: Coma: Marilyn Monroe; The Atrocity Exhibition; Plan for the Assassination of Jacqueline Kennedy; The Death Module; Love and Napalm: Export USA; The Great American Nude; The University of Death; The Generations of America; The Summer Cannibals; Tolerances of the Human Face; Crash!; Coitus 80; Princess Margaret's Facelift; Mae West's Reduction Mammoplasty; Queen Elizabeth's Rhinoplasty; Jane Fonda's Augmentation Mammoplasty; Journey Across a Crater; The Secret Autobiography of J. G. B******; Neil Armstrong Remembers His Journey to the Moon; The Dying Fall; The Ultimate City; Running Wild.

Note to publisher: Perhaps a third volume containing the above missing stories could be published, and then this collection really would be complete.

Other than that, Volume 1 & 2 of this collection is a good place to start as an introduction to J G Ballard, his superb imagination and his writing. These stories are definitely worth buying.
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