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.

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.


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.[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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