The Utopia Experiment

3.38 based on 327 ratings & 45 reviews on Goodreads.com
Picador

Publication date: 12.02.2015
ISBN: 9781447261292
Number of pages: 256

Synopsis

Imagine you have survived an apocalypse. Civilization as you knew it is no more. What will life be like and how will you cope?
In 2006, Dylan Evans set out to answer these questions. He left his job in a high-tech robotics lab, moved to the Scottish Highlands and founded a community called The Utopia Experiment. There, together with an eclectic assortment of volunteers, he tried to live as if global society had collapsed. No modern technology. No creature comforts.
Within a year, Evans found himself detained in a psychiatric hospital, shattered and depressed, trying to figure out what had gone wrong. In The Utopia Experiment he tells his own extraordinary story, and in the process learns some hard lessons about himself and about life today.

In the media

Evans' account is a gripping, slow-motion car crash. You can't take your eyes off it, try as you might to hide them behind your hands. What went wrong? What didn't?
Financial Times
This excellent book provides not only a compelling recollection of a wacky adventure with some eccentric characters but also an honestly told personal journey
Daily Mail
Evans sets up a community in the Highlands of Scotland with a coterie of eccentrics, free from modern technology and home comforts. Things didn't go quite to plan as this frank, often funny book immediately makes clear
Sunday Express S Magazine