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Summary

J. G. Ballard was, for over 50 years, one of this country’s most significant writers. Beginning with the events that inspired his classic novel, Empire of the Sun, in this revelatory autobiography he charts the course of his astonishing life.

Miracles of Life takes us from the vibrant surroundings of pre-war Shanghai, to the deprivations and unexpected freedoms of Lunghua Camp, to Ballard’s arrival in a devastated Britain. Ballard recounts his first attempts at fiction and his part in the social and artistic revolutions of the 60s. He describes his friendships with figures as diverse as Kingsley Amis, Michael Moorcock, and Eduardo Paolozzi alongside recollections of his domestic life in Shepperton - raising three children as a single father following the unexpected and premature death of his wife.

©2008 J. G. Ballard (P)2014 Audible Studios

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Fascinating

Ties up many threads if you’re a fan of Ballard and had a beautiful feeling and philosophy about it, dare I call it - feel good Ballard?

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The final journey

In essence the final volume of his autobiographical trilogy, despite the fictional screen tagged to the first two, ‘Empire of the sun’ & ‘The kindness of women’. I was fascinated by the retelling of his life that as well as stripping away the fictional constructs continued to embroider his life with the real - and explain the duality of the way in which the writer and the man fused.

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Good but the reader

Why did u feel the need to do a "Chinese accent" for the Chinese people? That's so terrible and disgusting of the speaker. Really disappointed

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