J. G. Ballard

Within the concealing walls of an elegant forty-storey tower block, the affluent tenants are hell-bent on an orgy of destruction. Cocktail parties degenerate into marauding attacks on ‘enemy’ floors and the once-luxurious amenities become an arena for riots and technological mayhem. In this visionary tale of urban disillusionment from the renowned author of Crash and Cocaine Nights, society slips into a violent reverse as the isolated inhabitants of the high-rise, driven by primal urges, recreate a dystopian world ruled by the laws of the jungle.

Reviews of High-Rise

  • ‘Ballard’s finest novel…A triumph’ The Times

    ‘Another eerie glimpse into the future. A fast-moving, spine-tingling fable of the concrete jungle’ Daily Express

    ‘A gripping read, particularly if you like your thrills chilly, bloody and with claims to social relevance’ Time Out

    ‘Harsh and ingenious…High-Rise is an intense and vivid bestiary, which lingers unsettlingly in the mind’ Martin Amis, New Statesman

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