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Empire of the sun

Empire of the sun


by JG Ballard
4th April, 2019

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The classic, heartrending story of a British boy's four year ordeal in a Japanese prison camp.

One of the ten books - novels, memoirs and one very unusual biography - that make up our Matchbook Classics' series, a stunningly redesigned collection of some of the best loved titles on our backlist.

Based on J. G. Ballard's own childhood, this is the extraordinary account of a boy's life in Japanese-occupied wartime Shanghai - a mesmerising, hypnotically compelling novel of war, of starvation and survival, of internment camps and death marches. It blends searing honesty with an almost hallucinatory vision of a world thrown utterly out of joint.

Rooted as it is in the author's own disturbing experience of war in our time, it is one of a handful of novels by which the twentieth century will be not only remembered, but judged.

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. He published his first novel, The Drowned World, in 1961. 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. His memoir Miracles of Life was published in 2008. J. G. Ballard died in 2009.

Details & Specs

Series: 4th Estate matchbook classics


Author: J G Ballard


Publisher: 4th Estate


Format: Paperback


ISBN: 9780008329754


Publication Date: 4th April, 2019


Pages: 316


Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 24 mm


Notes: map (black and white)


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