Utopia Avenue by David Mitchell
One of our very favourite authors here at Book Stop, Booker Prize nominated author David Mitchell has this time served up something quite different to his usual mind-bending metaphysical romps across space and time, with a wonderfully nostalgic and bittersweet tale of 1960s rock and roll. Utopia Avenue form in 1967 and ride the tide of social and sexual revolution to be on the verge of global success by late 1968. On the way they encounter pretty much everyone in the business from John Lennon to Janis Joplin, David Bowie to Joni Mitchell, and for die-hard fans of the more familiar Mitchell genre there is also an intriguing metaphysical sub-plot referencing his earlier work and, in particular, the wonderful The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet. This book is a lot of fun, but also ultimately genuinely moving and, as always, Mitchell has much to say about life, the universe and everything.
Published by Sceptre; £20.00
By Simon, October 2020