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Martin Amis and JG Ballard

Wednesday 30 January 2008 21:45-22:30 (Radio 3)

Philip Dodd meets two of the most important voices in contemporary British writing: Martin Amis and JG Ballard, who are both publishing new works of non-fiction.

Philip talks to Amis about his collection The Second Plane which brings together his controversial and outspoken essays on 9/11 and the geopolitics of the War on Terror.

JG Ballard discusses his new exploration of his own life and times - starting in pre-war Shanghai, where he was born.

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45 minutes

Martin Amis and JG Ballard

Philip Dodd meets two of the most important voices in contemporary British writing: Martin Amis and JG Ballard

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Two of the most important voices in contemporary British writing -JG Ballard and Martin Amis - are both publishing new works of non-fiction.

Martin Amis
Philip Dodd talks to Amis' about his collection The Second Plane which brings together his controversial essays and articles on 9/11 and contemporary geo-politics.

The Second Plane is published by Cape.

JG Ballard
JG Ballard talks to Philip about his autobiography, Miracles of Life, which starts in pre-war China where he was born.

Ballard spent time as a child prisoner of the Japanese with his family in the countryside outside Shanghai.

He arrived in England to find a strange country crippled by war. JG Ballard talks about how he found a voice for his fiction and how his experiences as a child in the violent chaos of Shanghai has informed so much of what he has achieved as a fiction writer.

Miracles of Life - Shanghai to Shepperton is published by Fourth Estate.




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