In Utopian Dreams Tobias Jones explores options 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 spiritualists, time-travellers, reformed drug addicts and Quakers, producing a fascinating exploration of the meaning of community.
Tobias Jones is now living in Italy. Read his Long Read on living lockdown with his family in Parma here: