Pete Townshend's first novel, titled The Age Of Anxiety, is now available for pre-order. The novel, which will be published on November 5th, will be Townshend's third official book -- in 1985 he published the series of short stories Horse's Neck, and most recently, in 2012, his memoir, Who I Am. The publication of The Age Of Anxiety will coincide with the release of the Who's latest still-unnamed studio set. The album will mark the band's first long player since 2006's Endless Wire. posted: "The Age Of Anxiety is a great rock novel, but that is one of the less important things about it. The narrator is a brilliant creation -- cultured, witty and unreliable. The novel captures the craziness of the music business and displays Pete Townshend’s sly sense of humour and sharp ear for dialogue. First conceived as an opera, The Age Of Anxiety deals with mythic and operatic themes including a maze, divine madness and long-lost children. Hallucinations and soundscapes haunt this novel, which on one level is an extended meditation on manic genius and the dark art of creativity."

Townshend went on to write, "10 years ago I decided to create a magnum opus that would combine opera, art installation and novel. Suddenly here I am with a completed novel ready to publish. I am an avid reader and have really enjoyed writing it. I am also happy to say the majority of the music is composed, ready to be polished up for release and performance. It’s tremendously exciting."

During a chat at The New York Public Library, Pete Townshend revealed a new, key component about how he approaches his life and art: "And I think I have learned some stuff about myself. I think all kinds of things. I think the main revelation was to realize that at some point, probably quite recently -- maybe as recently as 15 years ago -- I made the decision to be happy. And that has been very, very difficult for me to do, because I never felt that it was a very serious occupation (laughter)."

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