Concrete Island, J G Ballard, #15 2020

Ballard is one of the writers I keep – no matter how hard I cull my book collection, he stays.

I hadn’t read this one before, and it felt like an amazing treat when it landed in my mailbox.

It seems like an unlikely premise – a driver crashes into a strip of waste land bounded by motorways, and finds himself marooned there. But Ballard makes it work with clear description, obstacles, and deep, well-drawn characters, making the microcosm come alive.

Great speculative fiction.

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