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Trucks in the Garden of Eden

In Search of Britain's Utopias

Publication Date15th July 2024

Book FormatHardback





Ukrainian-born journalist Vitali Vitaliev takes a journey around Britain in search of that most elusive of ideas - utopia. Laced with humour and trenchant insight, he reflects on utopian ideals in the United Kingdom and his own Soviet upbringing.
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Award-winning Ukrainian-born journalist Vitali Vitaliev takes stock of Britain today and investigates the state of the nation’s many disparate attempts to create a utopian community, including the garden city that inspired Lenin; the model villages where alcohol was forbidden; and the rural communities that have sought to disconnect themselves from the chaos and strife of ever encroaching modernity. 'Trucks in the Garden of Eden' looks at what remains of these utopian experiments, questioning their success, their purpose and their viability today.

Throughout this journey, Vitali also reflects on his own childhood, growing up in the USSR during the Cold War. These reflections are often triggered in the most unlikely of places, and the results are sometimes humorous, sometimes touching – and always interesting. Drawing on these personal experiences, Vitali poses questions about whether the utopian idea has proven to be a useful or harmful throughout history, and what, exactly, utopia means in Britain today, as he embarks on a quest for the fragments of his own Soviet past.

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