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The Kindness of Women - J. G. Ballard

The Kindness of Women

Paperback Published: 15th November 1994
ISBN: 9780006547013
Number Of Pages: 352

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'The Kindness of Women' continues the story of the boy whose life in Japanese-occupied Shaghai was described so memorably in 'Empire of the Sun', it sets those traumatic events within the context of a lifetime as we follow the narrator, Jim, to England and suburban Shepperton after the war. Jim tries and fails to find stability as a medical student at Cambridge and a trainee RAF pilot in Canada. Then, after settling happily into family life, his world is ripped apart by domestic tragedy. He plunges into the maelstrom of the 1960s, an instigator and subject of every aspect of cultural, social and sexual revolution. All this and much more, we see as the attempt of a bruised mind to make sense of the upheaval around it.

About the Author

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. His 1984 bestseller Empire of the Sun won the Guardian Fiction Prize and was shortlisted for the Booker Prize. It was later filmed by Steven Spielberg. His most recent novel is the Sunday Times bestseller, Cocaine Nights. ‘The most interesting living English writer.’ Guardian

`Autobiography taken to the highest reaches of fiction, another wonderful novel of scorching power' Observer

`The most modern of writers; his art engages with the artefacts and obsessions of the second half of this century in a manner and with an intensity unmatched by any other writer I can think of' William Boyd

`Quite as extraordinary an achievement as "Empire of the Sun" ... A dazzling construction, a sequence of chapters almost every one of which is a tour de force in its own right' Guardian

`Compulsively readable ... unbearably moving' Financial Times

`Brilliant ... Ballard at his best' Independent on Sunday

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

ISBN: 9780006547013
ISBN-10: 000654701X
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 352
Published: 15th November 1994
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 12.1 x 20.1  x 2.0
Weight (kg): 0.25

J. G. Ballard


About the Author


J. G. Ballard was born in 1930 in Shanghai. After internment in a civilian prison camp, his family returned to England in 1946. His 1984 bestseller Empire of the Sun won the Guardian Fiction Prize and the James Tait Black Memorial Prize.

His controversial novel Crash was made into a film by David Cronenberg. His autobiography Miracles of Life was published in 2008, and a collection of interviews with the author, Extreme Metaphors, was published in 2012.

J. G. Ballard passed away in 2009.

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