Miracles of Life
J. G. Ballard was, 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 Life’ takes 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 Life’ is 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.
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Review: Miracles of Life: Shanghai to Shepperton: An AutobiographyUser Review - Click Clack Gorilla // Book Punks - Goodreads
This book was pretty boring. Though Ballard describes some insanely interesting parts of his life, he always seems to leave out just the bits you want to hear about. There were probably about six ... Read full review
Review: Miracles of Life: Shanghai to Shepperton: An AutobiographyUser Review - Kathe James - Goodreads
I want to read his whole catalogue now. Read full review