Books by J.G. Ballard

MIRACLES OF LIFE by J.G. Ballard
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 4, 2013

"An affectionate, incomplete recollection of life's rich pageant."
The unpredictably serene memoir from one of the most daring voices in fiction. Read full book review >
KINGDOM COME by J.G. Ballard
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 5, 2012

"Ballard writes brilliantly about the nightmarish underside of modern life, and this novel makes us poignantly aware of the loss of his voice. "
Ballard (1930–2009) creates a world reminiscent of A Clockwork Orange and V for Vendetta in this novel of suburban fascism. Read full book review >
MILLENNIUM PEOPLE by J.G. Ballard
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: July 5, 2011

"Let's hope there's more in the vault."
Terrorism, dysfunction, malaise, dyspepsia and rioting on the streets of London. Read full book review >
SUPER-CANNES by J.G. Ballard
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 1, 2001

"The sleek mystery plot makes this the most accessible, if not exactly the most successful, of Ballard's fictional diatribes against the psychopathology of postmodern capitalist culture."
Lured to a Euro-corporate paradise a stone's throw from Cannes, the husband of the facility's new pediatrician, struck by mysterious doings, gradually discovers that (gasp!) he's in a J.G. Ballard novel. Read full book review >
COCAINE NIGHTS by J.G. Ballard
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: May 1, 1998

"For all Ballard's air of jaunty abstraction—his tawdry comedie humaine seems to be viewed through the wrong end of a telescope—his prophetic eye for the ties that bind is as sharp and unsparing as ever."
A bristling thriller pastiche from the surrealistic novelist (Rushing to Paradise, 1995, etc.) and peripatetic social observer (A User's Guide to the Millennium, 1996). Read full book review >
A USER'S GUIDE TO THE MILLENNIUM by J.G. Ballard
RELIGION
Released: May 20, 1996

"Ironically, the closer Ballard approaches to the millennium, the more he blends futurism with ephemera and the more frequently he dwells on his past."
Like a brain with a severed corpus callosum, this is a wide-spectrum collection of Ballard's heady essays from the '60s that address the future with visionary irony and recent newspaper reviews that concern a pathological, if mundane, present. Read full book review >
RUSHING TO PARADISE by J.G. Ballard
Released: May 1, 1995

"Probably Ballard's best and most accessible yet."
Searing, visceral tragicomedy of epic proportions, this novel of a cult leader and her followers on a Pacific island is Ballard's triumphant synthesis of the range of themes that have preoccupied him throughout his career (The Kindness of Women, 1991, etc.). Read full book review >
THE KINDNESS OF WOMEN by J.G. Ballard
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 1991

In Empire of the Sun (1984), Ballard turned his searing childhood memories—of prison-camp experiences in WW II Shanghai—into fiercely effective autobiographical fiction. Read full book review >
WAR FEVER by J.G. Ballard
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 1991

"A notably uneven collection, ranging from mordant commentary and febrile near-brilliance to murky or trite experiments and subterfuges."
Fourteen variations, 1976-89, reprinted from various newspapers and magazines. Read full book review >
MEMORIES OF THE SPACE AGE by J.G. Ballard
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Dec. 30, 1988

"Worthwhile, certainly, but more variety would have served this fine writer more justly."
Eight stories, 1962-85, exploring what Ballard views as a grandiose and mesmerizing yet ill-judged and ultimately doomed enterprise: the manned exploration of space. Read full book review >
HELLO AMERICA by J.G. Ballard
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 25, 1988

"No Empire of the Sun this, nor even The Day of Creation (p. 298), it leaves the reader wondering, simply, why?"
The driving force behind this—one of Ballard's most puzzling, disappointing and least impressive efforts—is the concept of America as Land of Fantasy, an Unlimited Dream Company. Read full book review >
THE DAY OF CREATION by J.G. Ballard
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 1988

"Still, if rather murky in overall thrust, chapter by chapter this is rich, strange work from a distinctive storyteller: elegantly phrased, vividly imagined, and rescued from portentousness by a deeply ironic tilt."
With unabashed echoes of all the great "river novels," from Huckleberry Finn to Heart of Darkness to The African Queen, Ballard (The Crystal World, Crash, Empire of the Sun) offers here a poetic, stately, oddly half-involving tale—part escape/chase adventure, part symbolic soul-journey. Read full book review >
THE UNLIMITED DREAM COMPANY by J.G. Ballard
Released: Nov. 1, 1979

"An audacious book, then, adhering to its chosen purposes with magisterial economy — but strangely dissatisfying and ungrounded."
Ballard has rapidly moved from his early "science fiction" into a label-defying realm where repeated enactments of sex and death appallingly calibrate the dial-faces of our instrument-centered awareness. Read full book review >
CONCRETE ISLAND by J.G. Ballard
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 1974

"Ballard handles this kind of reductive moral fable with incomparable finesse, investing the narrative with savage horror that eats away at banal appearance and reveals the skeleton beneath the skin."
Ballard's newest nightmare fantasy of contemporary society finds hero Robert Maitland marooned on a seemingly deserted traffic island just outside London watching the unconcerned motorists stream by. Read full book review >
THE CRYSTAL WORLD by J.G. Ballard
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 16, 1965

Dr. Sanders, taking a brief holiday from his duties at an African leprosarium, finds himself caught up in the odd activities surrounding an obscure African port. Read full book review >
THE DROWNED WORLD & THE WIND FROM NOWHERE by J.G. Ballard
Released: March 5, 1965

"The Wind From Nowhere gets nowhere."
It's an odd thing about the English predilection for weather. Read full book review >