Utopia Avenue

Author:   David Mitchell
Publisher:   Hodder & Stoughton
ISBN:  

9781444799439


Pages:   576
Publication Date:   14 July 2020
Format:   Paperback
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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

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Author:   David Mitchell
Publisher:   Hodder & Stoughton
Imprint:   Sceptre
Dimensions:   Width: 15.20cm , Height: 5.00cm , Length: 23.40cm
Weight:   0.700kg
ISBN:  

9781444799439


ISBN 10:   1444799436
Pages:   576
Publication Date:   14 July 2020
Audience:   General/trade ,  General
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Forthcoming
Availability:   Not yet available   Availability explained
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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


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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.

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