The best things we saw on Ballard’s Birthday, #BallardDay

Saturday the 15th of November saw what would have been the 84th birthday of J.G. Ballard. A prophetic, unnerving and distinct writer whose work, be it in the form of a novel, short story or essay, has impacted so many of us. So much so, that a simple hashtag, #BallardDay, had you tweeting us in your droves from 9am until just past midnight (and the next day). Below are ten of our very favourite tweets from the day.


Of course, we’re looking forward to the Ben Wheatley adapted ‘High Rise’. What we didn’t realise is, we’d definitely missed a trick not optioning the film rights to Lego…

An absolutely astounding still from the Steven Spielberg adaptation of ‘Empire of the Sun’ (1987).

Perhaps Ballard’s books for children COULD BE a success, from the looks of this cartoon.

What more can we say about this?

There absolutely aren’t enough wraparound covers. Maybe because this was the one to end all wraparound covers. How can it be beaten?

As did we, Benny Mack, as did we.

You can listen to the whole of J.G. Ballard’s Desert Island Discs here.


Never have we seen such a heaving international selection. Hermoso.

Again with the covers. What can we say, we’re suckers for a good cover…

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