Violent rebellion comes to London's middle classes in the extraordinary new novel from the author of 'Cocaine Nights' and 'Super-Cannes'. When a bomb goes off at Heathrow it looks like just another random act of violence to psychologist David Markham. But then he discovers that his ex-wife Laura is among the victims. Acting on police suspicions, he starts to investigate London's fringe protest movements, falling in with a shadowy group based in the comfortable Thameside estate of Chelsea Marina. Led by a charismatic doctor, the group aims to rouse the docile middle classes to anger and violence, to free them from both the self-imposed burdens of civic responsibility and the trappings of a consumer society -- private schools, foreign nannies, health insurance and overpriced housing. Markham, seeking the truth behind Laura's death, is swept up in a campaign that spirals rapidly out of control. Every certainty in his life is questioned as the cornerstones of middle England become targets and growing panic grips the capital!
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Praise for 'Super-Cannes': 'Sublime!The first essential novel of the 21st century.' Independent Praise for 'Cocaine Nights': 'Britain's number one living novelist. This adds a glinting new facet to his achievement -- Ballard, detective-novelist extraordinary.' Sunday Times Praise for 'The Complete Short Stories': 'Compelling!one of the most haunting, cogent and individual imaginations in contemporary literature.' William Boyd, Mail on Sunday Esquire -- Sept 2003 "Ballard, acutely fierce as ever, detonates a bomb under Middle England in his continuing attempt to shock the middle classes out of complacency and into violent struggle" Bookseller -- 20 June 03 "[Ballard's] work has lost none of its power to disturb. Millennium People dissects a society without purpose, in which a population is numbed by an infantilising culture and invigorated only by the appeal of violence!" Daily Telegraph -- 23 August 2003 "!a horribly riveting work from a writer of rare imaginative largesse, a bearer of bad tidings unforgettably told." Literary Review -- Sept 2003 "Once again Ballard offers a masterly portrayal of a society coming apart at its civilised seams. And his text shimmers with the totems of modernity! There's still no disputing that Ballard is one of the most intelligent, important and thought-provoking writers this country has to offer. He tackles the modern human condition like no other writer. It is only a matter of time before Ballardian enters the English language." TLS -- 5 September 2003 "One of the novel's most successful aspects is the plausibility with which Ballard sketches the possible crossovers between political motivation and motiveless sociopathy, and Markham's attempts to resolve both the situation and his own mind are also rendered with a convincing giddy energy, as the plot moves to an inevitably violent conclusion." The Independent -- 6 September 2003 (article entitled 'Dystopian Rhapsody') "Millennium People is a Thames-side thriller which opens with a bomb that explodes at Heathrow!The attack on Terminal 2 turns out to be the work, not of Islamic terrorists, but of British professionals! Britain's middle-classes are the 'new proletariat'! Few writers find poetry in burning Heathrow freight offices and car-rental depots: Ballard can!. Ballard is a moralist apparently troubled by the shape of things to come and a literary saboteur of unswerving fierceness! Millennium People will compete with the best of contemporary British fiction." Evening Standard -- 1 September 2003 "Reading it is like having all the planks that underpin your life removed one by one and being forced to confront the brutality and emptiness that lies below" Guardian (Magazine) -- 6 September 2003 "Millennium People is a wonderful miasma of Ballard land."
About J. G. Ballard
J.G. Ballard was born in 1930 in Shanghai, where his father was a businessman. After internment in a civilian prison camp, he and his family returned to England in 1946. His 1984 bestseller Empire of the Sun won the Guardian Fiction Prize and the James Tait Black Memorial Prize, and was shortlisted for the Booker Prize. It was later filmed by Steven Spielberg. His controversial novel Crash was also made into an equally controversial film by David Cronenberg. His most recent novels are the Sunday Times bestsellers 'Cocaine Nights' and 'Super-Cannes'.
Millennium People by J. G. Ballard
J. G. Ballard
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