Date: 20th April 2009

Empire Of The Sun Author Dies

The author JG Ballard, famed for novels such as Crash and Empire of the Sun, has died aged 78 after a long illness.

His agent Margaret Hanbury said the author had been ill "for several years" and had died on Sunday morning.

Empire of the Sun was his most revered work, based on his childhood in a Japanese prison camp in China, and was transformed into a big screen film starring Christian Bale and John Malkovich.

Source: Press Release