J.G. Ballard was at the forefront of modern British fiction writing for over three decades and became a bestselling writer of international stature.
He wrote his first novel, The Drowned World, in 1961. His extraordinary childhood forms the basis of the semi-autobiographical Empire of the Sun (1984), which was based on his early experiences in a wartime Japanese prison camp. It won the Guardian Fiction Prize and was shortlisted for the Booker Prize. It was later filmed by Steven Spielberg. Ballard followed it with an equally compelling sequel, The Kindness of Women.