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Christopher Fowler
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Film
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The problem with J. G. Ballard, from a filmmaker's perspective, is that he does not tell stories. He suggests futures and new psychologies. His characters are ciphers, his plots are liminal and his prose is exquisite, none of which makes him easy to adapt. Spielberg made a fine job of 'Empire Of The Sun', although it was always going to be the easiest to film, being a personal memoir. Cronenberg…
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Christopher Fowler
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The Arts
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When you think of London books, a familiar list at first appears; Dickens for 'Our Mutual Friend', 'Oliver Twist' and 'Bleak House', Virginia Woolf for 'Mrs Dalloway', George Gissing for 'New Grub Street', George Orwell for 'Keep The Aspidistra Flying', Monica Ali's 'Brick Lane', Colin MacInnes for 'Absolute Beginners', Patrick Hamilton's 'Hangover Square', to which I'd add Alexander Baron for…
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Christopher Fowler
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Reading & Writing
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It is now six years since Jim Ballard died. In a world with few heroes, he was one of mine. He began writing short stories in 1956, part of SF's 'new wave', in which space ships and intergallactic battles were eschewed in favour of 20th century problems taken to extremes. His work is therefore more relatable and his early years in Shanghai gave even his most English fiction an exotic tropical tone…
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Christopher Fowler
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Great Britain
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In one sense high rises are very egalitarian. The resident in the 16th floor of a council tower block gets the same view as someone in an equivalent floor of the Shard - but JG Ballard's novel 'High Rise' imagined a block divided by its Have and Have-Not residents until a full class war broke out. It's finally making it to the big screen under flavour-du-jour director Ben Wheatley. Would you live…
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