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Books : reviews

J. G. Ballard.
A User's Guide to the Millennium: essays and reviews.
HarperCollins. 1996

The first-ever collection of J.G. Ballard’s articles and reviews, published over the last thirty years.

In a long and highly acclaimed career, J.G. Ballard has established himself as one of Britain’s most distinctive and admired writers, the author of such influential novels as Crash, The Drowned World, High-Rise, Empire of the Sun and, most recently, Rushing to Paradise.

Throughout his career he has also been a regular contributor to magazines and newspapers. Now, for the first time, he has gathered together the finest of these pieces and grouped them under themes such as film, lives, the visual world, writers, science, autobiography and science fiction.

Marlon Brando, Nancy Reagan, Elvis Presley, Deng Xiaoping, Andy Warhol, Salvador Dali, Max Ernst, William Burroughs and Graham Greene are just some of the people who feature in the ninety articles, together with many of the themes familiar to readers of Ballard’s fiction, including Shanghai, television, surrealism, cars, motorways and the atom bomb.

The result is an astonishingly varied and fascinating collection – a provocative and entertaining review of the modern world, as seen through the eyes of one of this country’s most original writers.