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Overview (3)

Born in Shanghai, China
Died in London, England, UK  (prostate cancer)
Birth NameJames Graham Ballard

Mini Bio (1)

J.G. Ballard was born on November 15, 1930 in Shanghai, China as James Graham Ballard. He was a writer and actor, known for High-Rise (2015), Crash (1996) and Empire of the Sun (1987). He was married to Helen Mary Matthews. He died on April 19, 2009 in London, England.

Spouse (1)

Helen Mary Matthews (1955 - 1964) ( her death) ( 3 children)

Trivia (6)

Studied medicine at Cambridge but never practiced; studied English for a year at London University; joined the Royal Air Force.
His novel "Crash" (1973) was rejected by a publishing house reader who wrote, "This author is beyond psychiatric help. Do Not Publish!"
Was revealed that he declined a Commander of the British Empire (CBE) honor for "services to literature" in 2003. He told The Sunday Times, "Thousands of medals are given out in the name of a non-existent empire. It makes us look a laughing stock and encourages deference to the crown. I think it is exploited by politicians and always has been." [December 2003]
Father of television executive Beatrice Ballard.
His novel "Empire of the Sun" (1984), which was turned in to a film of the same name in 1987, was semi-autobiographical. He was interned in a Japanese prison camp near Shanghai during World War II, although he was not separated from his parents as depicted in the book and film.
Was mentor to aspiring young writer Jim Duckett.

Personal Quotes (3)

The future is going to be boring. The suburbanisation of the planet will continue, and the suburbanisation of the soul will follow soon after.
In a completely sane world, madness is the only freedom.
I believe in the power of the imagination to remake the world, to release the truth within us, to hold back the night, to transcend death, to charm motorways, to ingratiate ourselves with birds, to enlist the confidences of madmen.

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