Ballard, J. G. Millennium People

ISBN 13: 9780006551614

Millennium People

3.35 avg rating
( 1,681 ratings by GoodReads )
 
9780006551614: Millennium People

Violent rebellion comes to London’s middle classes.

As he searches for the truth behind the Heathrow bomb that killed his ex-wife, psychologist David Markham infiltrates a shadowy protest group based in the comfortable Chelsea Marina. Led by a charismatic doctor, it aims to rouse the docile middle classes and to free them from the burdens of civic responsibility. Soon Markham is swept up in a campaign that spirals out of control – as the cornerstones of middle England become targets and growing panic grips the capital.

This edition is part of a new commemorative series of Ballard’s works, featuring introductions from a number of his admirers (including Martin Amis, Ali Smith, Hari Kunzru and China Miéville) and brand-new cover designs.

"synopsis" may belong to another edition of this title.

Review:

The peasants, goes a tedious old joke about Wat Tyler's mob, are revolting. In JG Ballard's unnerving, prophetic novel Millennium People, however, it's the middle classes that are staging the revolution: blowing up the NFT, burning their books and defaulting on their maintenance charges. Rejecting, in short, everything that they've worked so hard for--The Bonfire of the Volvos, as one rather droll chapter heading has it.

At the forefront of this petit bourgeois insurrection are the occupants of Fulham's Chelsea Marina, (as ever with Ballard) an exclusive housing community. Led by the charismatic Dr Richard Gould, a disgraced paediatrician turned "Doctor Moreau of the Chelsea set", Marina residents Kay Churchill, a former film lecturer; civil servant Vera Britain and Stephen Dexter, the parish vicar and an injured airman (another Ballard perennial) have unleashed an arson campaign against targets deemed suitably middle class.

David Markham, a psychiatrist and the book's steely narrator, is drawn into the Marina's inner circle after his ex-wife Laura is killed in an apparently meaningless bomb attack at Heathrow airport, (prime Ballard territory, of course). Meaningless is the insistent motif: Markham's current wife Sally was crippled in a freak accident and the murder of a banal if inoffensive television presenter (loosely modelled on Jill Dando) is one of the seemingly random violent acts unleashed by Gould, precisely because of their apparent randomness. "The absence of rational motive", as he says, "carries a significance of its own".

A master of sustained unease, Ballard has again excelled in fashioning a gripping, psychologically disturbing novel, that, like High Rise or Super-Cannes, is part cultural analysis and part surreal social prediction. --Travis Elborough

Review:

‘Unsettling and subversive … terrifically good’ Sunday Times

'Terrifying and strangely haunting … A riveting work from a writer of rare imaginative largesse, a bearer of bad tidings, unforgettably told' Daily Telegraph

'Wonderfully warped, blackly comic … written with Ballard's customary panache, its potent mix of sex, violence and radicalism will keep his fans happy’ Economist

‘Ballard’s instinct for the future is unnerving … Very few writers possess this kind of intelligence: to use it with such wit is almost criminal’ Independent on Sunday

‘The terrifying thing about Ballard is his logic; is this science fiction or history written ahead of its time?’ Len Deighton

"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.

Top Search Results from the AbeBooks Marketplace

1.

Ballard, J. G.
ISBN 10: 0006551610 ISBN 13: 9780006551614
New Quantity Available: 1
Seller
Grandisbooks
(Neptune, NJ, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Book Condition: New. New and unused. Light shelfwear from storage with other items. 30 Day Satisfaction Guarantee. Bookseller Inventory # 3148ZA000IHP

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
2.49
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: 3.23
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

2.

Ballard, J. G.
ISBN 10: 0006551610 ISBN 13: 9780006551614
New Quantity Available: > 20
Seller
BWB
(Valley Stream, NY, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Book Condition: New. Depending on your location, this item may ship from the US or UK. Bookseller Inventory # 97800065516140000000

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
6.09
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

3.

Ballard, J. G.
Published by HarperCollins Publishers, United Kingdom (2004)
ISBN 10: 0006551610 ISBN 13: 9780006551614
New Paperback Quantity Available: 10
Seller
The Book Depository
(London, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description HarperCollins Publishers, United Kingdom, 2004. Paperback. Book Condition: New. 196 x 128 mm. Language: English . Brand New Book. Violent rebellion comes to London s middle classes. As he searches for the truth behind the Heathrow bomb that killed his ex-wife, psychologist David Markham infiltrates a shadowy protest group based in the comfortable Chelsea Marina. Led by a charismatic doctor, it aims to rouse the docile middle classes and to free them from the burdens of civic responsibility. Soon Markham is swept up in a campaign that spirals out of control - as the cornerstones of middle England become targets and growing panic grips the capital. This edition is part of a new commemorative series of Ballard s works, featuring introductions from a number of his admirers (including Martin Amis, Ali Smith, Hari Kunzru and China Mieville) and brand-new cover designs. Bookseller Inventory # AA89780006551614

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
7.05
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

4.

Ballard, J. G.
Published by HarperCollins Publishers, United Kingdom (2004)
ISBN 10: 0006551610 ISBN 13: 9780006551614
New Paperback Quantity Available: 10
Seller
The Book Depository US
(London, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description HarperCollins Publishers, United Kingdom, 2004. Paperback. Book Condition: New. 196 x 128 mm. Language: English . Brand New Book. Violent rebellion comes to London s middle classes. As he searches for the truth behind the Heathrow bomb that killed his ex-wife, psychologist David Markham infiltrates a shadowy protest group based in the comfortable Chelsea Marina. Led by a charismatic doctor, it aims to rouse the docile middle classes and to free them from the burdens of civic responsibility. Soon Markham is swept up in a campaign that spirals out of control - as the cornerstones of middle England become targets and growing panic grips the capital. This edition is part of a new commemorative series of Ballard s works, featuring introductions from a number of his admirers (including Martin Amis, Ali Smith, Hari Kunzru and China Mieville) and brand-new cover designs. Bookseller Inventory # AA89780006551614

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
7.07
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

5.

Ballard, J. G.
ISBN 10: 0006551610 ISBN 13: 9780006551614
New Paperback Quantity Available: 1
Seller
Grand Eagle Retail
(Wilmington, DE, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description 2004. Paperback. Book Condition: New. New edition. 130mm x 197mm x 20mm. Paperback. Violent rebellion comes to London's middle classes in the extraordinary new novel from the author of Cocaine Nights and Super-Cannes. When a bomb goes off at Heathrow it looks like just an.Shipping may be from multiple locations in the US or from the UK, depending on stock availability. 320 pages. 0.300. Bookseller Inventory # 9780006551614

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
9.48
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

6.

Ballard, J. G.
Published by Harper Perennial 2008-02-04 (2008)
ISBN 10: 0006551610 ISBN 13: 9780006551614
New Quantity Available: 5
Seller
Chiron Media
(Wallingford, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Harper Perennial 2008-02-04, 2008. Book Condition: New. Brand new book, sourced directly from publisher. Dispatch time is 24-48 hours from our warehouse. Book will be sent in robust, secure packaging to ensure it reaches you securely. Bookseller Inventory # NU-GRD-00458507

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
6.59
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: 2.99
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

7.

Ballard, J. G.
Published by HarperCollins Publishers
ISBN 10: 0006551610 ISBN 13: 9780006551614
New Paperback Quantity Available: > 20
Seller
THE SAINT BOOKSTORE
(Southport, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description HarperCollins Publishers. Paperback. Book Condition: new. BRAND NEW, Millennium People, J. G. Ballard, Iain Sinclair, Violent rebellion comes to London's middle classes. As he searches for the truth behind the Heathrow bomb that killed his ex-wife, psychologist David Markham infiltrates a shadowy protest group based in the comfortable Chelsea Marina. Led by a charismatic doctor, it aims to rouse the docile middle classes and to free them from the burdens of civic responsibility. Soon Markham is swept up in a campaign that spirals out of control - as the cornerstones of middle England become targets and growing panic grips the capital. This edition is part of a new commemorative series of Ballard's works, featuring introductions from a number of his admirers (including Martin Amis, Ali Smith, Hari Kunzru and China Mieville) and brand-new cover designs. Bookseller Inventory # B9780006551614

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
4.33
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: 5.94
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

8.

Ballard, J. G.
ISBN 10: 0006551610 ISBN 13: 9780006551614
New Paperback Quantity Available: 17
Seller
Ria Christie Collections
(Uxbridge, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Paperback. Book Condition: New. Not Signed; Violent rebellion comes to London's middle classes. As he searches for the truth behind the Heathrow bomb that killed his ex-wife, psychologist David Markham infiltrates a shadowy protest group based in the comfortable Chelsea Marina. Led by a charismatic doctor, it aims to rouse the docile middle c. book. Bookseller Inventory # ria9780006551614_rkm

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
7.34
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: 3.34
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

9.

Ballard, J. G.
Published by Harper Perennial (2004)
ISBN 10: 0006551610 ISBN 13: 9780006551614
New Softcover Quantity Available: 13
Rating
[?]

Book Description Harper Perennial, 2004. Book Condition: New. 2004. New Ed. Paperback. Violent rebellion comes to London's middle classes. Num Pages: 320 pages. BIC Classification: FA. Category: (G) General (US: Trade). Dimension: 195 x 131 x 20. Weight in Grams: 300. . . . . . . Bookseller Inventory # V9780006551614

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
10.97
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
From Ireland to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

10.

Ballard, J. G.
Published by Harper Perennial (2008)
ISBN 10: 0006551610 ISBN 13: 9780006551614
New Paperback Quantity Available: 13
Seller
Green Books
(Wicklow, Ireland)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Harper Perennial, 2008. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Brand New Book. Shipping: Once your order has been confirmed and payment received, your order will then be processed. The book will be located by our staff, packaged and despatched to you as quickly as possible. From time to time, items get mislaid en route. If your item fails to arrive, please contact us first. We will endeavour to trace the item for you and where necessary, replace or refund the item. Please do not leave negative feedback without contacting us first. All orders will be dispatched within two working days. If you have any quesions please contact us. Bookseller Inventory # V9780006551614

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
7.01
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: 4.32
From Ireland to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

There are more copies of this book

View all search results for this book