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Utopia Avenue

Utopia Avenue

Pre-order the spectacular new novel from the bestselling author of CLOUD ATLAS and THE BONE CLOCKS, ‘one of the most brilliantly inventive writers of this, or any country’ (Independent).

‘The great rock and roll novel – an epic love letter to the greatest music ever made and the book the music has always deserved’ Tony Parsons

Utopia Avenue might be the most curious British band you’ve never heard of.

Emerging from London’s psychedelic scene in 1967, folksinger Elf Holloway, blues bassist Dean Moss, guitar virtuoso Jasper de Zoet and jazz drummer Griff Griffin together created a unique sound, with lyrics that captured their turbulent times. The band produced only two albums in two years, yet their musical legacy lives on.

This is the story of Utopia Avenue’s brief, blazing journey from Soho clubs and draughty ballrooms to the promised land of America, just when the Summer of Love was receding into something much darker – a multi-faceted tale of dreams, drugs, love, sexuality, madness and grief; of stardom’s wobbly ladder and fame’s Faustian pact; and of the collision between youthful idealism and jaded reality as the Sixties drew to a close.

Above all, this bewitching novel celebrates the power of music to connect across divides, define an era and thrill the soul.

Praise for David Mitchell’s previous work:

‘Open up his head and a whole magical, ecstatic symphony of inventiveness and ideals will fly out.’ The Times

‘Mitchell’s imagination is boundless and absolutely thorough, and he is also very funny.’ Sunday Telegraph

‘An author of extraordinary ambition and skill.’ Independent on Sunday

‘A storyteller of genius . . . a man who may yet prove to be the greatest writer of his age.’ Mail on Sunday

‘Dizzyingly, dazzlingly good’ Daily Mail

‘Our most accomplished inventor of multitudinous worlds, which are filled with complex, vital people.’ Financial Times
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Genre: Fiction & Related Items / Modern & Contemporary Fiction (post C 1945)

On Sale: 14th July 2020

Price: £20

ISBN-13: 9781444799422


Utopia Avenue is the great rock and roll novel - an epic love letter to the greatest music ever made and the book the music has always deserved . . . it will strike a mighty chord with the generation who were there, and all the generations who followed, who only wish they were there.
Tony Parsons
Far out and utterly groovy. A psychedelic, polyphonic adventure and a wonderful evocation of that euphoric moment in the late '60s when it seemed music really could change the world . . . A beautifully rendered four-part harmony . . . I was enthralled
Jake Arnott, author of THE LONG FIRM
A great book! I was completely engrossed for two days.
Brian Eno
Mitchell, whose novels range through different modes and genres with extraordinary facility, has a lucid, kinetic style at all times, but he is never more impressive than when writing in close third person about characters in altered mental states-captivity, physical pain, madness . . . A conventional story of a band's rise turns into a book on another plane entirely.
New Yorker