Fiction & Poetry, Modern & Contemporary Fiction
Paperback Published on: 22/02/1993
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Human desire meets mob mentality!
When a group of new tenants move into the most stylish high rise in London, their dreams of the perfect privileged life soon begin to unravel. Quickly, the... READ MORE
Rebecca At Waterstones Northallerton


From the author of 'Crash' and 'Cocaine Nights' comes an unnerving tale of life in a modern tower block running out of control. Within the concealing walls of an elegant forty-storey tower block, the affluent tenants are hell-bent on an orgy of destruction. Cocktail parties degenerate into marauding attacks on 'enemy' floors and the once-luxurious amenities become an arena for riots and technological mayhem. In this visionary tale of urban disillusionment society slips into a violent reverse as the isolated inhabitants of the high-rise, driven by primal urges, create a dystopian world ruled by the laws of the jungle. This edition is part of a new commemorative series of Ballard's works, featuring introductions from a number of his admirers (including Iain Sinclair, Ali Smith, Neil Gaiman and Martin Amis) and brand-new cover designs.

  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • ISBN: 9780586044568
  • Number of pages: 272
  • Weight: 260g
  • Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 20 mm

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Page turner!
Interesting, magical book, recommend it to all lovers of architecture. Definitely a page turner, at times disturbing and unusual but keeps the suspense in ... READ MORE
Marija Milosevic
One of the most psychologically and sociologically sophisticated novels I've ever read
One of the most psychologically and sociologically sophisticated novels I've ever read. It's hard to believe High-Rise was written in 1975 because it relat... READ MORE
Tegan Nic G
A little bit of dystopia right on your doorstep.
Normally I prefer my dystopian, existential reading to be a little more otherworldly but I found myself really enjoying this book. It certainly answered q... READ MORE
Emma Jones-Gill