An archive of the life of the author JG Ballard, who died in 2009, including notebooks, manuscripts, photographs and school reports, is to be saved for the nation by the British Library in line with his wishes
The items include minutes from the committee at Lunghua camp, where Ballard was held as a boy during World War II after being interned by Japanese forces in 1943
The collection includes a blueprint of the camp, which featured in Ballard's semi-autobiographical novel, Empire of the Sun
He also wrote about his experiences of internment in his autobiography, Miracles of Life, Shanghai to Shepperton, published in 2008
Ballard's archives include his description of the impact of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbour on his parents, British expatriates living in Shanghai
Ballard's handwritten notes for his dystopian novel, Supercannes reveal his ideas for the book's chapter headings
One of the collection's many highlights is Ballard's heavily-annotated manuscript of the opening chapter of perhaps his best-known novel, Crash
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