James G. Ballard:
James G. Ballard was in influential British writer that started his career focused on post apocalyptic novels such as his second novel 'The Drowned World’. We tend to find his work depressing. This is not only our view, his style is actually a recognised adjective - "Ballardian", defined by the Collins English Dictionary as "resembling or suggestive of the conditions described in J. G. Ballard's novels and stories, especially dystopian modernity, bleak man-made landscapes and the psychological effects of technological, social or environmental developments"
Ballard is best known for his conventional work ‘The Empire of the Sun’ hailed as one of the best novels of the Second World War.
Ballard also pushed the boundries quite a bit with novels such as 'The Atrocity Exhibition' – it was the subject of an obscenity trial, and in the United States the publisher Doubleday, destroyed almost the entire print run before it was distributed and lets not forget ‘Crash’ which dealt with the sexual potential of car crashes!
As a side note his short story collection 'Vermilion Sands’, set in an eponymous desert resort town inhabited by forgotten starlets, insane heirs, very eccentric artists, and the merchants and bizarre servants who provide for them, is stated as his personal favourite collection.
We found this slightly shabby copy of the illustrated Dragon’s Dream edition of ‘The Drowned World’, and whilst lacking a dust jacket the interior is near mint and the Dick French artwork captures the ‘Ballardian’ theme perfectly