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Utopia Avenue

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ABOUT
THE BOOK

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.

 

 

 

 

ABOUT
THE AUTHOR David
Mitchell

David Mitchell is one of the most acclaimed authors of his generation. He has been shortlisted twice for the Man Booker Prize and longlisted four times, as well as won the John Llewellyn Rhys, Geoffrey Faber Memorial and South Bank Show Literature Prizes, and the Richard and Judy Best Read. He was also selected as one of Granta’s Best Young British Novelists in 2003 and named by Time as one of the world’s 100 most influential people in 2007.

His previous novels are Ghostwritten, number9dream, Cloud Atlas, which was adapted for film in 2012, Black Swan Green and The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet.

David Mitchell is one of the most acclaimed authors of his generation. He has been shortlisted twice for the Man Booker Prize and longlisted four times, as well as won the John Llewellyn Rhys, Geoffrey Faber Memorial and South Bank Show Literature Prizes, and the Richard and Judy Best Read. He was also selected as one of Granta’s Best Young British Novelists in 2003 and named by Time as one of the world’s 100 most influential people in 2007.

His previous novels are Ghostwritten, number9dream, Cloud Atlas, which was adapted for film in 2012, Black Swan Green and The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet.

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NOMINATING LIBRARY COMMENTS

What on the outset seems like just another tale of failed rock and roll dreams quickly turns into a captivating web of intrigue as Mitchell spins his story together with strands familiar from his previous work. It is also uncanny how seamlessly he manages to fit his fictional group into the late 60’s pop scene, making it strangely feel as if the rock history of the era would somehow be incomplete without the inclusion of Utopia Avenue. Utterly remarkable in all respects!

Tampere City Library, Finland

“The novel chronicles the rise of a delightfully improbable genre-defying British rock band in the late 1960s and this struck a chord with our borrowers – brought up on The Beatles and the vibrant local music scene. It is a brilliantly written novel with compelling characters and a band whose music you wish was real.”

Liverpool City Libraries, United Kingdom

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Date published
14/05/2020
Country
United Kingdom
Original Language
English
Publisher
Sceptre Hodder and Stoughton

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