Many are familiar with Ballard probably because of Empire of the sun. After all, Steven Spielberg adapted this as a film, with a young Christian Bale in the cast. As for me, Ballard's Crash made an impression. What kind of impression? Go ahead and read it to find your own!
Ballard's Miracles is his autobiography. I've been reading a bunch of biographies this year. I recently finished Laurence Olivier's autobiography. Coincidentally they were both English and wrote about similar time periods. I highly recommend Ballard's Miracles of life, especially if you have read some his works.