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A Night in with David Mitchell

Join David Mitchell to mark the paperback publication of Utopia Avenue

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Friday 14th May, 2021 @ 6:30 pm

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About the Event

Join the bestselling author of Cloud Atlas, David Mitchell, as he turns his unique eye on the dark end of the 1960s with his enthralling new novel: a story of music, dreams, drugs and madness, love and grief, stardom's wobbly ladder and fame's Faustian pact.

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

This is the story of Utopia Avenue'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.

Written with Mitchell’s trademark lyrical flair and eye for the extraordinary, Utopia Avenue documents the rise and fall of the eponymous 1960s psych rock band, from destiny in Soho to nemesis in Rome. 

Don’t miss the opportunity to spend an evening with 'one of the most brilliantly inventive writers of this, or any country' (Independent) as he celebrates the power of music to connect across divides, define an era and thrill the soul.

'The great rock and roll novel - an epic love letter to the greatest music ever made and the book the music has always deserved' Tony Parsons

The ‘stream and book’ package includes a unique ticket for the stream, and a copy of Utopia Avenue (RRP £8.99) deliverable to any UK address or International address. 

For one night only, the event will be broadcast on 14th May 2021 at 18:30 UK time. It will be available to view up to a week after the event has ended and can be accessed Worldwide. If you live in a time zone that does not suit the initial broadcast time you can watch it at any point after the initial showing for one week.

If you have any questions, please email faneonline@fane.co.uk

About the Book

Utopia Avenue
Utopia Avenue

David Mitchell

Publisher:Hodder & Stoughton

Publication date:14 Jul 2020

ISBN:9781444799422

3.13 out of 5
12 reviews
"This exhilarating portrait of youth, optimism and music in an unforgettable decade shows Mitchell back at his best"
The Spectator
"When all is said and done — and nearly 600 pages adds up to a lot of saying and doing — “Utopia Avenue” is astonishingly clichéd."
The New York Times
"The acclaimed author of Cloud Atlas hits a bum note with this hackneyed story of a band in the late 1960s"
The Observer
"Mitchell is always a companionable author to spend time with but, as each new novel passes, one can’t help but wonder if his best days are behind him."
Daily Mail
"David Mitchell’s superb eighth novel"
Literary Review
"David Mitchell’s first foray into rock novels is a nostalgic, enjoyable read"
Irish Times
"A master storyteller brings to life the Swinging Sixties"
The Times
"a band Bildungsroman in the Swinging Sixties"
New Statesman
"any poetry or tension is drowned by the excess of detail"
The Times
"Those expecting narrative pyrotechnics to match the phantasmagorical times will be disappointed"
Financial Times

'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.