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J. G. Ballard has been, 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', in this revelatory autobiography he charts the course of his astonishing life. Beginning with his early childhood spent exploring the vibrant surroundings of pre-war Shanghai, Ballard charts the course of his remarkable life from the deprivations and unexpected freedoms of the Lunghua Camp to his return to a Britain physically and psychologically crippled by war. He explores his subsequent involvement in the dramatic social changes of the 1960s, and the adjustments to life following the premature death of his wife. In prose displaying his characteristic precision and eye for detail, Ballard recounts the experiences which would fundamentally shape his writing, while simultaneously providing an striking social analysis of the fragmented post-war Britain that lies behind so many of his novels. 'Miracles of Life' is an utterly captivating account of an extraordinary writer's extraordinary life. Key title Includes PS Section / The extraordinary life of an utterly brilliant writer -- 'Miracles of Life' is J.G Ballard's final, captivating work which is as fascinating and as compelling as any of his previous fiction novels. / 'Miracles of Life' was a top-ten 'Sunday Times' bestseller in hardback and has sold over 24,000 copies. / 'Kingdom Come' has already sold over 12,000 copies in hardback since publication and 'Millennium People' has sold over 31,000 copies in the UK alone. / 'Empire of the Sun', shortlisted for the Booker Prize, was made into a film by Steven Spielberg. 'Crash' was also later made into an equally controversial film by David Cronenberg.

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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 most recent novel is 'Kingdom Come', published in 2006.


'In some cases rave reviews can be wholly sincere. Mr. Ballard, you are wonderful.' Sunday Times 'The origins of this extraordinary and wonderful writer are now set out in this pellucid, forgiving, tranquil autobiography...this is a remarkable autobiography, treating events which most of us can barely imagine with tranquil dignity and unforgettable farewell.' Spectator 'Brilliant and mesmerising...this wonderful, clear-sighted autobiography...has a wisdom and depth that makes you long to hug the author and say '"Thank you" and wish him well.' Daily Mail 'What this brief, modest and occasionally shattering book only glances at is the extraordinary body of work that has flowed from this remarkable life...fascinating..."Miracles of Life" also tells quite another story, unconscious and inadvertent, but finally brave in a way that elevates it to a level of greatness.' Observer 'Exquisitely written..."Miracles of Life", a subtle, restlessly enquiring work of touching humanity, is Ballard's crowning achievement.' Financial Times 'A a writer, he can simply take the breath away.' Independent 'Written in characteristic spare direct prose!if this is to be his final book, it is a worthy one, both as the story of a remarkable life and of an outsider trying to make sense of postwar Britain.' The Times 'It's like listening to a deliciously worldly raconteur late at night as the level of the spirits bottle gradually drops; only the spare, unostentatious elegance and bite of the prose make you sit up with a start from time to time and remember that these pungent anecdotes are bing told by a leading novelist.' Sunday Times 'A modest account of an unusual and intensely lived life...there is a peculiar beauty to the work produced during a final illness.' Sunday Telegraph 'J.G. Ballard's memoir may be short but it is long on compassion, humour and is infused with a tremendous generosity of spirit.' Tatler 'A particular delight of this lyrical autobiography lies in spotting the landscapes and events that appear subtly reconfigured, in Ballard's fiction.' Observer 'The long-awaited memoirs of one of the most interesting British writers.' Sunday Times 'His prose has clarity and concision. He is mordant and brutally direct...unexpected and funny...fascinating stuff...the overwhelming impression gained is of the man's great generosity.' GQ Praise for J.G.Ballard: 'There are those (and I am among them) who would back Ballard as Britain's number one living novelist' John Sutherland, Sunday Times 'One of the brightest stars in post-war fiction' Kingsley Amis

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