Concrete Island

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Concrete Island
Cover of first edition (hardcover)
Author J. G. Ballard
Country United Kingdom
Language English
Publisher Jonathan Cape
Publication date
Media type Print (Hardcover & Paperback)
Pages 176 pp
ISBN 0-224-00970-2
OCLC 3207706
LC Class PZ4.B1893 Co PR6052.A46

Concrete Island is a 1974 novel by J. G. Ballard.

Plot introduction[edit]

In a twisted adaptation of Robinson Crusoe, the story's protagonist, Robert Maitland, a wealthy architect, finds himself stranded in a manmade 'island' (a section of fenced-off wasteland in the middle of a motorway intersection) between the Westway and an imagined spur of the M4 Motorway in west London, and is forced to survive on only what is in his crashed Jaguar and what he is able to find.


In 2011, the 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.[1] 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.[2]


  1. ^ McNary, Dave (February 9, 2011). "Christian Bale heads to Filmax's 'Concrete Island'". Variety. 
  2. ^ "Concrete Island by J. G. Ballard, dramatized by Graham White". Radio Drama Reviews Online. 2013. Retrieved 2013-07-05. 

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