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Utopia Avenue

David Mitchell


PUBLISHED: 14th July 2020 NEW RELEASE
ISBN: 9781444799439
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'One of the most brilliantly inventive writers of this, or any country' (Independent) turns his unique eye on the dark end of the 1960s in his enthralling new novel, a story of music, dreams, drugs and madness, love and grief, stardom's wobbly ladder and fame's Faustian pact.
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PUBLISHED: 14th July 2020 NEW RELEASE
ISBN: 9781444799439
ANNOTATION:
'One of the most brilliantly inventive writers of this, or any country' (Independent) turns his unique eye on the dark end of the 1960s in his enthralling new novel, a story of music, dreams, drugs and madness, love and grief, stardom's wobbly ladder and fame's Faustian pact.

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'One of the most brilliantly inventive writers of this, or any country' (Independent) turns his unique eye on the dark end of the 1960s in his enthralling new novel, a story of music, dreams, drugs and madness, love and grief, stardom's wobbly ladder and fame's Faustian pact.

Publisher Description

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).

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 lives and times. The band produced only two albums in two years, yet their musical legacy lives on.

This is the story of the band'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.

David Mitchell's seven novels include Cloud Atlas and The Bone Clocks. He has been shortlisted twice for the Booker Prize and lives in Ireland.

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

Author Biography

David Mitchell is the author of the novels Ghostwritten, number9dream, Cloud Atlas, Black Swan Green, The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet, The Bone Clocks and Slade House. He has been shortlisted twice for the Booker Prize, won the John Llewellyn Rhys, Geoffrey Faber Memorial and South Bank Show Literature Prizes among others, and been named a Granta Best Young British Novelist. In 2018, he won the Sunday Times Award for Literary Excellence, given in recognition of a writer's entire body of work.

In addition, David Mitchell together with KA Yoshida has translated from Japanese two books by Naoki Higashida - The Reason I Jump: One Boy's Voice from the Silence of Autism and Fall Down Seven Times, Get Up Eight: A Young Man's Voice from the Silence of Autism.

He lives with his wife and their two children in Ireland.

Review

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

One of the most brilliantly inventive writers of this, or any country - Independent

An author of extraordinary ambition and skill - Independent on Sunday

Mitchell's imagination is boundless and absolutely thorough, and he is also very funny - Sunday Telegraph

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

Dizzyingly, dazzingly good - Daily Mail

Our most accomplished inventor of multitudinous worlds, which are filled with complex, vital people - Financial Times

His novels are unlike anything else - Spectator

Long Description

'A stand-out triumph' - The Sunday Times 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 ). 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 lives and times. The band produced only two albums in two years, yet their musical legacy lives on.This is the story of the band'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. David Mitchell's seven novels include Cloud Atlas and The Bone Clocks . He has been shortlisted twice for the Booker Prize and lives in Ireland.

Review Quote

Open up his head and a whole magical, ecstatic symphony of inventiveness and ideals will fly out - The TimesOne of the most brilliantly inventive writers of this, or any country - IndependentAn author of extraordinary ambition and skill - Independent on SundayMitchell's imagination is boundless and absolutely thorough, and he is also very funny - Sunday TelegraphA storyteller of genius . . . a man who may yet prove to be the greatest writer of his age - Mail on SundayDizzyingly, dazzingly good - Daily MailOur most accomplished inventor of multitudinous worlds, which are filled with complex, vital people - Financial TimesHis novels are unlike anything else - Spectator

Product Details

Author
David Mitchell
Publisher
Hodder & Stoughton
Language
English
Year
2020
ISBN-10
1444799436
ISBN-13
9781444799439
Format
Paperback
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Pages
576
Publication Date
2020-07-14
Audience
General/Trade
Short Title
Utopia Avenue
Subtitle
A Novel