'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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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
A great book! I was completely engrossed for two days.
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.
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
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
PRAISE FOR DAVID MITCHELL: '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
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.