BALLARD, J.G. Empire of the Sun [&] The Kindness of Women (2 vols). London: Victor Gollancz, 1984. & London: Harper Collins, 1991.
8vo. Original black boards, spine lettered in gilt; in the original unclipped jacket designed by Pat Doyle (£8.95 net); pp. [x], 3-278, [ii]; near-fine, slight shelf-lean, with one light scratch to upper board, text block toned, as is common.
The Kindness of Women: 8vo., red boards gilt to spine; unclipped jacket, pp. 286, [ii]; slight shelf-lean, two small dents to upper board, jacket lightly sunned to spine, near-fine.
Steven Spielberg directed the 1987 film of Empire of the Sun, which starred Christian Bale, John Malkovich, Miranda Richardson, and Nigel Havers. The film tells the story of Jamie "Jim" Graham, a young boy who goes from living in a wealthy British family in Shanghai, to becoming a prisoner of war in Lunghua Civilian Assembly Center, a Japanese internment camp, during World War II.
The Kindness of Women appeared 7 years later, and drews on the author's boyhood in Shanghai during World War II. It presents a lightly fictionalised treatment of Ballard's life from Shanghai through to adulthood in England, culminating with an account of the making of the film.