Cover Reveal: High-Rise by J. G. Ballard

CoverWe are incredibly excited to bring you a cover reveal infused with some added Hollywood glamour. In fact, we like to think of it more as a cover premiere. To celebrate the release of the film adaptation of High-Rise, the new film from acclaimed director Ben Wheatley in UK cinemas March 18th, we’re reissuing J.G. Ballard’s classic satirical sci-fi novel with a new star-studded front cover. Take a look.


High-Rise opens with one of the most iconic, funny, and shocking lines in sci-fi history: ‘Later, as he sat on his balcony eating the dog, Dr. Robert Laing reflected on the unusual events that had taken place within this huge apartment building during the previous three months.’ Within the concealing walls of an elegant forty-storey tower block, society has entered a state of collapse: the residents of the lower floors have begun to climb. Cocktail parties degenerate into marauding attacks on ‘enemy’ floors and the once-luxurious amenities become an arena for riots and technological mayhem. We think he cover manages to capture some of that frantic chaos, but with a stylized sheen that reflects the detached style of Ballard’s prose.

Adapted from J.G. Ballard’s visionary novel by screenwriter Amy Jump, HIGH – RISE stars Tom Hiddleston, Jeremy Irons, Sienna Miller, Luke Evans, Elisabeth Moss.

‘1975. Two miles west of London, Dr. Robert Laing moves into his new apartment seeking soulless anonymity, only to find that the building’s residents have no intention of leaving him alone. Resigned to the complex social dynamics unfolding around him, Laing bites the bullet and becomes neighbourly. As he struggles to establish his position, Laing’s good manners and sanity disintegrate along with the building. The lights go out and the lifts fail but the party goes on. People are the problem. Booze is the currency. Sex is the panacea. Only much later, as he sits on his balcony eating the architect’s dog, does Dr. Robert Laing finally feel at home…’

The new edition will be released on the 10th of March giving you ten days to get to know the terrifying world of Ballard’s imagination before Wheatley’s own twisted interpretation is released on the 18th. So go on, step into the elevator, and enter the terrifying world of the high-rise.

High-Rise will be published by 4th Estate on the 10th March 2016.

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