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New York Times Best Seller

The hotly anticipated new novel from the internationally best-selling author of The Bone Clocks and Cloud Atlas.

Utopia Avenue may be the most extraordinary British band you've never heard of. Emerging from London's psychedelic scene in 1967 and fronted by folksinger Elf Holloway, guitar demigod Jasper de Zoet, and blues bassist Dean Moss, Utopia Avenue released only two LPs during its brief, blazing journey from the clubs of Soho and draughty ballrooms to Top of the Pops and the Top 10; to Amsterdam, Rome, and a fateful American fortnight in the autumn of 1968. David Mitchell's new novel is the story of Utopia Avenue and its age; of riots in the street and revolutions in the head; of drugs and thugs, schizophrenia, love, sex, grief, art; of the families we choose and the ones we don't; of fame's Faustian pact and stardom's wobbly ladder. Do we change the world, or does the world change us? Utopia means "nowhere", but might it be somewhere, if only we knew how to look?

©2020 David Mitchell (P)2020 Penguin Random House Canada

What the critics say

"Mitchell's magical, much anticipated latest is a rollicking, rapturous tale of 1960s rock 'n' roll...delivering more fun, more mischief, and more heart than ever before. This is Mitchell at his best." (Publishers Weekly, starred review)

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Great entertainment.

loved it, another David Mitchell home run. good narrator too. really captured the sixties period.

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Stereotypes and gimmicks but enjoyable

The characters at first were stereotypes and the actions gimmicky which was disappointing and even frustrating, giving what we know Mitchell can do. Although this did not entirely go away over the 25 hours, the roles of the band members were enriched by the relationships they built and the eminent musicians of the era that they met. In my mind, I replaced UA with early Fleetwood Mac which made sense with Peter Green’s magnificent guitar work but mental instability and Christine McVie’s keyboards and haunting folk style. As far as narration goes it would have been smart for the narrator to practice a Canadian accent because Levon sounded like from the Bronx. I also disliked the goofy sound filter they used for microphone dialogue. Make the words harder to hear rather than clearer. (Note to sound engineer, an easy fix.)

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thanks David

As I said, thank David, that was a beautiful ride through a turbulent time in the characters lives. I'll miss them all.

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  • Susan
  • 2020-11-08

Lovely story

Really enjoyed this story , got lost in it, and wanted it to go on so much longer.

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  • Nigel
  • 2020-10-11

Absolutely Wonderful

David Mitchel is a genius who can create highly original and engaging characters and remind us very realistically of a past time in the music industry while introducing the occasional delightful fantasy. I enjoyed this book immensely and am in awe of Mitchell’s talent and intelligence.

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  • Rob Prouse
  • 2020-09-12

I loved this book.

Fabulous weaving of well developed fictional characters and real ones from the 60's. All mixed up with Mitchell's mix of otherworldly themes.