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Running Wild

(1988)
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From Publishers Weekly Thirty miles outside of London lies a suburban utopia called Pangbourne Village, an exclusive residential development in which all the houses are new, the security system is impeccable, parents are happy and children are provided with a nonstop roster of structured activity. But fans of Ballard's High Rise , in which he turned an apartment tower into a warring miniature city, will recognize his dim view of fabricated societies. Indeed, in his eerie new novella's first moments, Pangbourne's 32 adults are found murdered, and the complex's 13 children, all but one of them teenagers, have vanished. Written as a police psychiatrist's forensic diary, the story unfolds as an investigation that quickly points to the children themselves as culprits. Though the author sketches a sharp portrait of complacent privilege in Thatcher's England and tells a provocative story with a jolting final twist, the explanation of a carefully coordinated plot among the youths--''in a totally sane society, madness is the only freedom''--is unduly glib. At just over 100 pages, that's really all there is to it; this is, in every sense, a minor work by a major writer.

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Hardback Editions

November 1989 : USA Hardback
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Title: Running Wild
Author(s): J G Ballard
ISBN: 0-374-25288-2 / 978-0-374-25288-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
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November 1988 : UK Hardback
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Title: Running Wild (Hutchinson general)
Author(s): J G Ballard
ISBN: 0-09-173498-3 / 978-0-312-93344-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: Hutchinson
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Paperback Editions

July 2018 : USA Paperback
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Title: Running Wild
Author(s): J G Ballard
ISBN: 1-63149-347-7 / 978-1-63149-347-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Liveright
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January 1997 : UK Paperback
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Title: Running Wild (Modern classics)
Author(s): J G Ballard
ISBN: 0-00-654819-9 / 978-0-00-654819-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: Fourth Estate
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March 1998 : USA Paperback
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Title: Running Wild
Author(s): J G Ballard
ISBN: 0-374-52546-3 / 978-0-374-52546-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
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November 1989 : UK Paperback
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Title: Running Wild (Arena Books)
Author(s): J G Ballard
ISBN: 0-09-973050-2 / 978-0-09-973050-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: Arena Arrow
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September 1989 : UK Paperback
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Title: Running Wild: Novella
Author(s): J G Ballard
ISBN: 0-09-963410-4 / 978-0-09-963410-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: Vintage
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Audio Editions

July 2014 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Running Wild
Author(s): J G Ballard
Publisher: Audible Studios
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July 2014 : UK Audio edition
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Title: Running Wild
Author(s): J G Ballard
Publisher: Audible Studios
Availability: Amazon UK   


Kindle Editions

December 2014 : Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Running Wild
Author(s): J G Ballard
Publisher: Fourth Estate
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