/ Key title 'Miracles of Life' opens and closes in Shanghai, the city where J.G.Ballard was born, and where he spent the most of the Second World War interned with his family in a Japanese concentration camp. / The extraordinary life of an utterly brilliant writer -- 'Miracles of Life' is J.G Ballard's final, capitivating work which is as fascinating and as compelling as any of his previous fiction novels. / Huge serial deal expected for 'Miracles of Life' and guaranteed massive review and feature coverage across the board. (HB) / 'Kingdom Come' has already sold over 12,000 copies in hardback since publication and 'Millennium People' has sold over 31,000 copies in the UK alone. / 'Empire of the Sun' (HB), shortlisted for the Booker Prize, was made into a film by Steven Spielberg. 'Crash' was also later made into an equally controversial film by David Cronenberg.
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. It was later filmed by Steven Spielberg. His most recent novel is `Kingdom Come', published in 2006.
`Beautifully read by Tim Pigott-Smith, this story breathes magic into pre-war Shanghai, and presents an awe-inspiring picture of the prison-camp existence...no fiction could compete with this faithful yet hallucinatory rendering of reality.' Scotsman