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Concrete Island by J. G. Ballard
Book DescriptionA chilling novel that pays twisted homage to Defoe's 'Robinson Crusoe'. Newly reissued with an introduction from Neil Gaiman. Robert Maitland, a 35 year-old architect, is driving home from his London offices when a blow-out sends his speeding Jaguar hurtling out of control. Smashing through a temporary barrier he finds himself, dazed and disorientated, on a traffic island below three converging motorways. But when he tries to climb the embankment or flag-down a passing car for help it proves impossible - and he finds himself imprisoned on the concrete island. Maitland must survive using only what he can find in his crashed car. As in all Ballard's best work 'Concrete Island' provides an unnerving study of our modern lives and world. With his alienating, 'Ballardian' view of normal events, this is a unique novel from one of the twentieth century's finest writers. This edition is part of a new commemorative series of Ballard's works, featuring introductions from a number of his admirers (including Zadie Smith, Adam Philips, Adam Thirlwell and Robert Macfarlane) and brand-new cover designs from the artist Stanley Donwood.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780007287048
(197mm x 130mm x 14mm)
Imprint: Fourth Estate Ltd
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publish Date: 1-Sep-2008
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author J. G. Ballard
High-Rise, Paperback (March 2016)
Coming in March 2016 from acclaimed director Ben Wheatley, a major motion picture adaptation of J. G. Ballard's compelling and unnerving tale of what happens when life in a luxury apartment building descends into chaos, starring Tom Hiddleston, Jeremy Irons, Sienna Miller, Luke Evans and Elisabeth Moss.
Extreme Metaphors, Paperback (January 2014)
A startling and at times unsettlingly prescient collection of J. G. Ballard's greatest interviews.
Elusive Truth, Hardback (February 2010)
Including full-colour reproductions on hand-tipped in plates, a short story and quotes to accompany each painting, this large-format catalogue illustrates the paintings featured in New York exhibition.
Complete Stories of J. G. Ballard, Hardback (August 2009)» View all books by J. G. Ballard
"More than one thousand compelling pages from one of the most haunting, cogent, and individual imaginations in contemporary literature."-William Boyd
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Author Biography - J. G. Ballard
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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