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/ Includes PS Section The heartrending story of a British boy's four year ordeal in a Japanese prison camp during the Second World War. / Published to great acclaim in 1984, it won the Guardian Fiction Prize and the James Tait Black Memorial Prize and was shortlisted for the Booker. / Made into a major motion picture by Steven Spielberg. / J.G. Ballard has been at the forefront of modern British fiction for over three decades, achieving remarkable critical acclaim and commercial success. / His critically acclaimed recent novels, COCAINE NIGHTS and SUPER-CANNES, have won J.G. Ballard a whole new readership and taken him back to the top of bestseller lists.

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J.G. Ballard was born in 1930 in Shanghai, where his father was a businessman. After internment in a civilian prison camp, he and 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, and was shortlisted for the Booker Prize. It was later filmed by Steven Spielberg. His controversial novel Crash was also made into an equally controversial film by David Cronenberg. His most recent novels include the Sunday Times bestsellers Cocaine Nights and Super-Cannes.


In Ballard's moving 1984 World War II novel, a small British boy searches for his parents and gets imprisoned in a Japanese concentration camp. Pretty strong stuff. Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

'An extraordinary achievement' Angela Carter 'A remarkable journey into the mind of a growing boy ... horror and humanity are blended into a unique and unforgettable fiction' Sunday Times 'An immensely powerful novel -- in a class of its own for sheer imaginative force' Daily Telegraph 'Remarkable ! form, content and style fuse with complete success ! one of the great war novels of the 20th century' William Boyd 'Gripping and remarkable ! I have never read a novel which gave me a stronger sense of the blind helplessness of war ! unforgettable' Observer 'Ranks with the greatest British writing on the Second World War' The Times 'A brilliant fusion of history, autobiography and imaginative speculation. An incredible literary achievement and almost intolerably moving' Anthony Burgess

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