Rushing to Paradise

J. G. Ballard

Dr Barbara Rafferty is a fearless conservationist, determined to save a rare albatross from extinction. Her crusade gains widespread coverage when earnest young environmentalist Neil Dempsey is shot and wounded.

Support for the conservationists grows and well-wishers flock to the island, bringing with them specimens of other endangered creatures to be protected by Dr Barbara and her crew. The island seems a new Eden.

But is Dr Barbara as altruistic as she appears? Why are the islanders committing acts of self-sabotage? And what’s keeping Neil alive while the other men sicken?

A classic exploration of the extremes of human behaviour from J.G Ballard, this is a brilliantly unsettling novel in which all preconceptions are overthrown.

This edition is part of a new commemorative series of Ballard’s works, featuring introductions from a number of his admirers (including Robert Macfarlane, Martin Amis, James Lever and Ali Smith) and brand-new cover designs from the artist Stanley Donwood.

Reviews of Rushing to Paradise

  • ‘Ballard is a magician of the contemporary scene and a literary saboteur. “Rushing to Paradise” is a Wellsian drama of extremity and isolation … No one else writes with such enchanted clarity or strange power’ Guardian

    ‘Pure Ballard. I read it with rapt fascination … Wonderful’ William Boyd

    ‘”Robinson Crusoe” in reverse. Teasing and sardonic … Ballard at his best’ Independent on Sunday

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