Robert Maitland, a 35 year-old architect, is driving home from his central London office when his car has a blowout, it swerves and crashes into a traffic island lying below three converging motorways. Uninjured, Maitland climbs up the embankment to flag down a car. But he soon finds out that no-one in the rush-hour traffic will stop for him, and he is trapped on the island, where he remains.
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'This allegory of modern life is both compelling and profound' Daily Telegraph
'Ballard's violent exact prose carries you along irresistibly. You believe him, you accept his vision, and it is a fearful one' Sunday Telegraph
‘A tour de force … a nightmare we can all share’ Daily Mail
'Ballard writes with taut and precise economy, and the moral of his brilliantly original fable is plain: the interstices of our concrete jungle are filled with neglected people, and one day those people could be ourselves' Sunday Times
‘Perfectly enjoyable within the horror comic tradition … exceptionally skilful’ Auberon Waugh, Evening StandardAbout the Author:
J G Ballard was born in 1930 in Shanghai, China. After the attack on Pearl Harbor the family were interned in a civilian camp. They returned to England in 1945. In 1956 Ballard's first story was published in New Worlds. His first novel The Drowned World was published in 1961. Empire of the Sun, a novel based on his own experiences in China, was published in 1984 and won the Guardian Fiction Prize, the James Tait Black Award and was filmed by Steven Spielberg.
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