The Complete Short Stories

J. G. Ballard

JG Ballard is firmly established as one of Britain’s most highly regarded and influential novelists. However, during his long career he was also a prolific writer of short stories, many of which show the germination of ideas he used in his longer fiction.

This, the second book in a two-volume collection, offers a platform from which to view Ballard’s other works. Almost all of his novels had their seeds in short stories and this collection provides an extraordinary opportunity to trace the development of one of Britain’s most visionary writers.

Reviews of The Complete Short Stories

  • ‘The most important British contemporary writer’ Will Self, Independent

    ‘Ballard is the possessor of a terrifying and exhilarating imagination – and a national treasure’ Nicholas Royle, Guardian

    ‘A writer of enormous inventive powers. Ballard has … a remarkable gift for filling the empty, deprived spaces of modern life with the invisible cities and the wonder worlds of the imagination’ Malcolm Bradbury, New York Times

    ‘In a shrinking world increasingly bereft of original imaginations, J.G. Ballard stands alone, a bizarre visionary maverick’ Eileen Bradbury, Irish Times

    ‘J.G. Ballard is a magician of the contemporary scene…His fantastical landscapes are among the most haunting in English literature. No one else writes with such enchanted clarity or strange power’ Guardian

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