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J G Ballard – Miracles of Life (1st/1st 2008 UK hb with dw) Crash High Rise
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Title: Miracles of Life: Shanghai to Shepperton, An Autobiography
Author: J G Ballard
Published: 2008
Publisher: Fourth Estate
First edition/first impression (‘First published in Great Britain in 2008 by Fourth Estate……1’); UK; hardback with dust wrapper (not price-clipped); covered in clear, removable protective wrapper

Near Fine/Near Fine: no noticeable flaws at all

Miracles of Life, Ballard’s autobiography, was published in 2008. It was the last new work that Ballard wrote before his death in 2009. The book describes Ballard's childhood and early teenage years in Shanghai in the 1930s and the early 1940s, when the city is ravaged by the Second Sino-Japanese War and WWII, and Ballard is imprisoned in an internment camp with his parents and sister. The autobiography subsequently describes his happy marriage, the birth of his children (the "miracles of life"), his wife's sudden and unexpected death, and the ensuing difficulties, which Ballard faces by deciding to raise his children as a single parent. The book also describes the beginning of his literary career, though less space is devoted to the Sixties and the Seventies than to the 15 years spent in Shanghai. The book ends with Ballard's return to Shanghai in 1991, and with a very short and moving epilogue wherein he announces that he is sick with a terminal illness.

Ballard’s early career began in the New Wave of science fiction, with a number of apocalyptic (or post-apocalyptic) novels. In the late 1960s and early 1970s Ballard focused on an eclectic variety of short stories (such as The Atrocity Exhibition) which drew closer comparison with the work of postmodernist writers such as William Burroughs, and in 1973 the highly-controversial novel Crash was published. He is perhaps best-known for his relatively conventional war novel, Empire of the Sun (1984), a semi-autobiographical account of a young boy's experiences in Shanghai during the Second Sino-Japanese War as it came to be occupied by the Japanese Imperial Army. Described as "The best British novel about the Second World War" by The Guardian, the story was adapted into a 1987 film by Steven Spielberg.

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