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While Ballard remained with his parents throughout the period, his fictional doppelganger soon finds himself cut adrift, and in increasingly desperate circumstances.
Rather than simply charting a memoir, Ballard found himself working through his feelings concerning the war and adolescence in general.
“I waited 40 years before giving it a go, one of the longest periods a professional writer has put off describing the most formative events in his life. Twenty years to forget, and then 20 years to remember. There was always the possibility that my memories of the war concealed a deeper stratum of unease that I preferred not to face.”
Once the book was published, the Pandora’s box had well and truly been thrown open.
“In 1984 the novel was published,” recalls Ballard, “a caravel of memories raised from the deep. Enough of it was based on fact to convince me that what had seemed a dream-like pageant was a negotiated truth.”