Miracles of Life by J G Ballard

Miracles of Life

byJ G Ballard

Paperback | September 22, 2008

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J. G. BALLARDwas, for over fifty years, one of this country's most significant writers. Beginning with the events that inspired his classic novel,Empire of the Sun, this revelatory autobiography charts the course of his astonishing life.

Miracles of Lifetakes us from the vibrant surroundings of pre-war Shanghai, to the deprivations and unexpected freedoms of Lunghua Camp, to Ballard's arrival in a devastated Britain. Ballard recounts his first attempts at fiction and his part in the social and artistic revolutions of the 60s. He describes his friendships with figures as diverse as Kingsley Amis, Michael Moorcock and Eduardo Paolozzi alongside recollections of his domestic life in Shepperton - raising three children as a single father following the unexpected and premature death of his wife.

Miracles of Lifeis both a captivating narrative of the experiences that have shaped this extraordinary writer's works, his distinctive outlook and his original visions of the future, and is also an account of a remarkable life.

This edition is part of a new commemorative series of Ballard's works, featuring introductions from a number of his admirers (including Ali Smith, Hari Kunzru, Neil Gaiman and Martin Amis) and brand-new cover designs.

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J.G. BALLARDwas 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. His 1984 bestsellerEmpire of the Sunwon the Guardian Fiction Prize and the James Tait Black Memorial Prize, and was shortlisted for the Booker Prize. It was later filme...
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Title:Miracles of LifeFormat:PaperbackDimensions:288 pages, 7.88 × 5.13 × 0.87 inPublished:September 22, 2008Publisher:Harpercollins (uk)Language:English

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ISBN - 10:0007272340

ISBN - 13:9780007272341

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"Superb. Mr Ballard, you are wonderful" -Sunday Times

"Exquisitely written...Miracles of Life, a subtle, restlessly enquiring work of touching humanity, is Ballard's crowning achievement" -Financial Times

"Brief, modest and occasionally shattering, in a way that elevates it to a level of greatness" -Observer

"A jewel. As a writer, he can simply take the breath away" -Independent