Utopia Avenue: David Mitchell in conversation with Jon Savage

A unique digital event to celebrate the publication of Utopia Avenue by David Mitchell including a copy of the Waterstones Exclusive Edition


Thursday 16th July, 2020 @ 7:30 pm

  • In Conversation


About the Event

Steeped in the hedonism and idealism of the 1960s counterculture, Utopia Avenue documents the rise and fall of the eponymous psych rock band, from destiny in Soho to nemesis in Rome.

Written with Mitchells trademark lyrical flair and eye for the extraordinary, Utopia Avenue adroitly captures a moment in time when the future seemed limitless and happiness was there for the taking. To mark its global publication, join David Mitchell in conversation with renowned music journalist and author, Jon Savage.

This event will be streamed as a Zoom webinar. After registration you will receive your unique link to access the event.

Book Admission option is for UK RESIDENTS ONLY. Please do not select this ticket if you live outside the UK. A general admission ticket will go on sale at a later date, subject to availability.Those selecting Book Admission will receive a copy of the Exclusive Waterstones Edition hardback containing an exclusive essay by David Mitchell called Dancing About Architecture. This will be posted to you after the event. Please note that with the current circumstances, some deliveries may be delayed. Please refer to their privacy policy before purchasing a ticket to the event.

About the Book

Utopia Avenue
Utopia Avenue

David Mitchell

Publisher:Hodder & Stoughton

Publication date:14 Jul 2020


3.09 out of 5
11 reviews
"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
"This vibrant tale, set in the world of 1960s rock music, is a triumph"
The Sunday Times
"This portrait of a 60s band on the rise conveys the spirit of the age with gleeful energy"
The Guardian
"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

'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.