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Utopian Dreams offers one writer’s attempt to retreat from the ‘real world’ – which is making him emptier and angrier by the day – and seek out the alternatives to modern manners and morality. Instead of cynicism, loneliness and depression, is it possible to be idealistic, to find belonging and companionship with others who share your sadness, or even, perhaps, your happiness? With his wife and baby in tow, Jones spends a year with spritualists, time-travellers, reformed drug addicts and Quakers, producing a fascinating exploration of the meaning of community.
'Probes our modern dissatisfactions with an exemplary intelligence ... very much a book for our time'
'I challenge anyone to read this book without asking whether life might be better lived like this ... a timely reminder that there are more sustainable ways to live'
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