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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

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"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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Lovely story

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

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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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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.