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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Fourth Estate; New Ed edition (25 Sept. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 000654701X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0006547013
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 2.4 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 143,232 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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‘Autobiography taken to the highest reaches of fiction, another wonderful novel of scorching power’ Observer

‘The most modern of writers; his art engages with the artefacts and obsessions of the second half of this century in a manner and with an intensity unmatched by any other writer I can think of’ William Boyd

‘Quite as extraordinary an achievement as “Empire of the Sun” … A dazzling construction, a sequence of chapters almost every one of which is a tour de force in its own right’ Guardian

‘Compulsively readable … unbearably moving’ Financial Times

‘Brilliant … Ballard at his best’ Independent on Sunday

‘The terrifying thing about Ballard is his logic; is this science fiction or history written ahead of its time?’ Len Deighton

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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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Vittorio Caffè on 17 Nov. 2007
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I have read most of what Ballard has written; and I can't understand why this novel is so neglected, compared to The Atrocity Exhibition or Crash. To me this is the best thing he has written in the long form. Some of his short stories may be a bit better; but this is an absolute masterpiece, and it's probably the book I'd first give a friend to allow him or her to discover the Ballard World. It's a complex and astounding mix of facts and fiction, of visionary imagination and down-to-earth realism. The parts about the death of the protagonist's wife, the end of the war, the making of the movie Empire of the Sun in Shepperton should be in anthologies of English literature. His prose is dazzling, and this is probably the only long book by ballard where we don't meet his stereotypical characters only, but a wide variety of persons. All in all, a must-read for those who think Ballard is only Empire of the Sun and Crash.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Callmerick on 17 Oct. 2012
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Even if you are new to J.G. Ballard or if Ballard's other novels are not your cup of tea, this 'fictional auto-biography' loosely based on Ballard's life in the fifties and sixties is an engrossing read, Ballard's prose is at his best here, from a brilliant description of a home birth to visiting a friend in a psychiatric hospital, to losing his wife and the resultant grief, and much much more. Too good to miss and superior to his otherwise also interesting auto-biography. There are not many books quite like this.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Mr R Castley on 28 April 2002
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This book fills in around "Empire of the Sun" and goes a long way to explaining the perversities of "The Atrocity Exhibition" and "Crash". Compulsive reading for almost anyone. The story of Ballards life (more or less). I can only say read it. Then read it again and give it to someone.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Wordy on 23 April 2013
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J.G. Was a revelation to me when I read Empire of The Sun and this is the sequel, just as good. A classic 'literary novel' of the first water. I marvelled at his description of the ordinary and of the less so which left me revelling in his powers of insight and description.
If it isn't already , I imagine this will be an A Level set book in years to come. Thoroughly reccomended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Craig on 24 Jan. 2013
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This is a good book an interesting read and a great sequel to Empire of The Sun. I Would recommend this If you liked empire of the sun and would like to know what happened to wee Jim.

Just in case you don't expect it, I never, this book has explicit scenes that are a little uncomfortable to read at times.
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19 of 24 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 23 Nov. 1999
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Ballard shows his mastery of narrative by giving us glimpses of the turning points in his life. Rather than opting for a straight chronological narration, he illustrates the defining role the women of his life have played, and the impact they've had on both his personal life, and his creativity as an author. At times hilarious, at times unsettling, the novel never fails to spark the senses and leaves the reader with a sense of an irresistable lust for life. Eminently readable on its own, but also a great companion read to Empire of the Sun.
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