When a light aircraft crashes into the Thames at Shepperton, the young pilot who struggles to the surface seems to have come back from the dead. Within hours everything in the suburb is strangely transformed.
"Extraordinary...there is no doubt of the intensity and originality of the imagination that conceived the scenes of Shepperton transformed into a paradise...far beyond the scope of most novelists." SPECTATOR
"One of the most startling and original novelists. Extremely witty, Ballard's most optimistic book contains some of his strongest, most vivid prose...exuberant fantasy." TIME OUT
"A remarkable fantastist...rich, seductive...Ballard's eloquence is as lush as the flowering vines he hangs from his multi-storey garages." OBSERVER --This text refers to the Paperback edition.