The classic heartrending story of a British boy’s four year ordeal in a Japanese prison camp during the Second World War. Newly reissued with an introduction by John Lanchester. Based on J. G. Ballard’s own childhood this is the extraordinary account of a boy’s life in Japanese-occupied wartime Shanghai – a mesmerising hypnotically compelling novel of war of starvation and survival of internment camps and death marches. It blends searing honesty with an almost hallucinatory vision of a world thrown utterly out of joint. Rooted as it is in the author’s own disturbing experience of war in our time it is one of a handful of novels by which the twentieth century will be not only remembered but judged. This edition is part of a new commemorative series of Ballard’s works featuring introductions from a number of his admirers (including Zadie Smith Rivka Galchen Hari Kunzru and Martin Amis) and brand-new cover designs from the artist Stanley Donwood.