Never before published in America, this revelatory autobiography--hailed as "e;fascinating [and] amazingly lucid"e; (Guardian)--charts the remarkable story of James Graham Ballard, a man described by Martin Amis as "e;the most original English writer of the last century."e; Beginning with his Shanghai childhood, Miracles of Life guides us from the deprivations of Lunghua Camp during World War II, which provide the back story for his best-selling Empire of the Sun, to his arrival in war-torn England and his emergence as "e;the ideal chronicler of our disturbed modernity"e; (Observer). With prose of characteristic precision, Ballard movingly recalls his first attempts at science fiction, the 1970 American pulping of The Atrocity Exhibition--which sprang from his fascination with JFK conspiracy theories--and his life as a single father after the premature death of his wife. "e;This book should make yet more converts to a cause that Ballard's devotees have been pleading for years"e; (Independent).
Miracles of Life
Liveright Publishing Corporation
Shanghai to Shepperton, an Autobiography