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The inner facts of JG Ballard

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A new biography of JG Ballard imagines an alternate universe ruled by Barbara Woodhouse, Mary Whitehouse and Esther Rantzen

John Baxter’s new biography of JG Ballard, The Inner Man, accuses the late novelist of widespread sloppiness with facts, including getting both his parents’ birth dates wrong in his memoir Miracles of Life. Baxter also states that: “Even after Thatcher was eased out of office in 1990, public life didn’t lack women with her quality of schoolmarmish aggression…” and lists, as evidence, Barbara Woodhouse, Mary Whitehouse, Esther Rantzen, and…

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