One Three One

Julian Cope

One Three One: A Time-Shifting Gnostic Hooligan Road Novel – from Julian Cope, the visionary musician and antiquarian – is a colourful and extraordinary work of fiction.

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“Welcome to Sardinia: my hell, my home, my prison, my meditation these past sixteen years. What a place to die. But that’s precisely why I was back.”

When drugged-up Time Traveller and ’80s musical burnout Rock Section and his fellow English hooligans get kidnapped during Italia ’90, there are ruinous implications. But now Rock has returned to Sardinia one final time to settle some scores and uncover the truth. He believes only Dutch cult leader Judge Barry Hertzog, still incarcerated on the island for the crime, can provide the answers. But through prescription drugs, the persistence of his driver Anna and a quest for the hidden ancient doorways strewn around Sardinia’s only highway, the 131, Rock will discover that a greater truth awaits him. Judgement, consequences, hoodwinking on a grand scale, Gnosticism versus agnosticism…131 is a Gnostic whodunit that pursues readers’ memories of all previous fiction into a peat bog and impales them with seven-foot-long pikes.

Critic Reviews

One of the most brilliant, serious, funny, life-crammed novels any reader is likely to lay their mitts on.

Toby Litt, The Guardian
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Any anxieties about the literal sense of 131 are swept asunder by Cope's audacious prose style, which carries the reader along on a wave of unrelenting energy. I read it in one sitting.

Stewart Lee, The Quietus
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So many novelists try to get into rock stars' heads. You won't know how badly they fail til you read this. Reading Cope is like running with Shakespeare at a rave.

DBC Pierre
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A total skullf*** of a book, a hooligan saga of rave damaged psychic shipwrecks and mythic time travel.

Bobby Gillespie
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The debut novel from the great cosmic intellect that is Julian Cope is as unique and fearless as the man himself.

Nicky Wire
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The myths and legends of Rock, rock and rocks collide on a freak-strewn highway leaving the reader feeling like a back-seat passenger suffering psychic whiplash.

Andrew Weatherall

Julian Cope is a visionary musician, antiquarian and musicologist. His work with the Teardrop Explodes and as a solo artist marks him has one of British music’s great innovators. His studies The Modern Antiquarian and The Megalithic European have established him as an authority on ancient history. And his joyful surveys Krautrocksampler and Japrocksampler have become required musical reading. He has also penned two successful volumes of autobiography, Head…

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