Concrete Island

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Concrete Island
Cover of first edition (hardcover)
AuthorJ. G. Ballard
CountryUnited Kingdom
PublisherJonathan Cape
Publication date
Media typePrint (Hardcover & Paperback)
Pages176 pp
LC ClassPZ4.B1893 Co PR6052.A46

Concrete Island is a novel by British writer J. G. Ballard, first published in 1974.[1]

Plot introduction[edit]

A car accident leaves Robert Maitland, a wealthy architect, stranded in a large area of derelict land created by several intersecting motorways. Though surrounded by motorists and within sight of large buildings, Maitland is unable to escape the median strip and must struggle for survival.


In 2011, Barcelona-based production company Filmax announced that it was producing a film adaptation of the novel. Scott Kosar was set to adapt Ballard's story, and Brad Anderson was to direct. Actor Christian Bale was announced as the main character. A start date has yet to be announced.[2] Bale, who played the lead in Steven Spielberg's adaptation of Ballard's Empire of the Sun, apparently is no longer attached to the project.

In June 2013, BBC Radio 4 aired an hour-long adaptation by Graham White, directed by Mary Peate, featuring Andrew Scott as Maitland, Georgia Groome as Jane and Ben Crowe as Proctor.[3]


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