Concrete Island by J G Ballard
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Concrete Island by J G Ballard


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A chilling novel that pays twisted homage to Defoe’s Robinson Crusoe

Robert Maitland, a 35 year-old architect, is driving home from his London offices when a blow-out sends his speeding Jaguar hurtling out of control. Smashing through a temporary barrier he finds himself, dazed and disorientated, on a traffic island below three converging motorways. But when he tries to climb the embankment or flag-down a passing car for help it proves impossible - and he finds himself imprisoned on the concrete island. Maitland must survive using only what he can find in his crashed car.

This edition is part of a commemorative series of Ballard’s works, featuring introductions from a number of his admirers (including Zadie Smith, Adam Philips, Adam Thirlwell and Robert Macfarlane).

Paperback,144 pages

Dimensions: 19.7 x 0.9 x 13cm