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Concrete Island Paperback – 13 Nov 2008

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'This allegory of modern life is both compelling and profound' Daily Telegraph

'Ballard's violent exact prose carries you along irresistibly. You believe him, you accept his vision, and it is a fearful one' Sunday Telegraph

‘A tour de force … a nightmare we can all share’ Daily Mail

'Ballard writes with taut and precise economy, and the moral of his brilliantly original fable is plain: the interstices of our concrete jungle are filled with neglected people, and one day those people could be ourselves' Sunday Times

‘Perfectly enjoyable within the horror comic tradition … exceptionally skilful’ Auberon Waugh, Evening Standard

About the Author

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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4.0 out of 5 stars Short, sharp and distinctively brutish
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5.0 out of 5 stars Concrete proof of excellence
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4.0 out of 5 stars Modern day Treasure Island
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5.0 out of 5 stars A disturbing but good read
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5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Ballard
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5.0 out of 5 stars I am the island
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good start but didn't like second half much
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4.0 out of 5 stars powerful and well written
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