But things did not go according to plan, and within a year Evans found himself in a psychiatric hospital, shattered and depressed, trying to figure out what had gone wrong. In this book, he tells the story of the utopia experiment, and of his descent into madness and gradual recovery.
This is a book about that sense of imminent catastrophe we all have, and which is part of the reason that tales of the apocalypse have always been so popular. Why are such gloomy visions of the future so seductive? Are they are really distorted ways of thinking about our own personal mortality? This is a book about what it means to think about the end of the world, and why we can't prepare for it, even when it seems the sane thing to do, because when we do, we often wind up insane.
The Utopia Experiment will be published by Picador in February 2015.