Coming in March 2016 from acclaimed director Ben Wheatley, a major motion picture adaptation of J. G. Ballard’s compelling and unnerving tale of what happens when life in a luxury apartment building descends into chaos, starring Tom Hiddleston, Jeremy Irons, Sienna Miller, Luke Evans and Elisabeth Moss.
‘Later, as he sat on his balcony eating the dog, Dr Robert Laing reflected on the unusual events that had taken place within this huge apartment building during the previous three months.’
Within the walls of a high-tech forty-storey high-rise, the residents are hell-bent on an orgy of sex and destruction, answering to primal urges that their utopian surroundings can’t satisfy. The high-rise is a would-be paradise turned dystopia, ruled by intimidation and violence, and, as the residents organize themselves for war, floor against floor, no one wants it to stop …
‘Ballard’s finest novel … a triumph’ The Times
‘ingenious … ‘High-Rise’ is an intense and vivid bestiary, which lingers unsettlingly in the mind’ Martin Amis
‘Chilling … Ballard is a prophetic writer’ Sunday Times
‘The writing is cool, the observation exact, the idea bold and well-developed; everything seems to demand attention and analysis’ Financial Times
‘The terrifying thing about Ballard is his logic; is this science fiction or history written ahead of its time?’ Len Deighton
About the author
J. G. Ballard was born in 1930 in Shanghai. After internment in a civilian prison camp, 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. His controversial novel ‘Crash’ was made into a film by David Cronenberg. His autobiography ‘Miracles of Life’ was published in 2008, and a collection of interviews with the author, ‘Extreme Metaphors’, was published in 2012. J. G. Ballard passed away in 2009.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
The gleaming residential tower in J.G. Ballard’s 1975 dystopian classic is a self-contained world with every modern convenience. But when the building’s infrastructure breaks down, residents rapidly revert to shocking violence and tribalism. As Ballard’s characters act out their darkest desires, his chilling, fast-paced story exposes the primitive impulses lurking under the surface of civilisation. High-Rise combines thought-provoking social commentary with all the lurid, voyeuristic pleasures of a reality TV show.
Interesting read from start to finish a novel about the social cast from which we all stem from. The educated elite when trapped inside there own domain can turn out like savages, & act out amorally against there fellow man.
Discovered the book through the memoirs of the late (Ian Curtis) & I can understand why this piece of writing & the writer JG Ballard would appeal to Curtis. Through his own lyrics & music of his band Joy Division.
Highly anticipated, I waited patiently for a year to see this.... And it was well worth it!
Mr. Wheatley and Amy Jump did an amazing job bring J.G. Ballard's book to life. The cast and crew deserve the high praise.
I will be purchasing it as soon as it's available...but not from iTunes as all my music and audio books have disappeared and I don't trust Apple any more.
Going back to hard copies for records and books....