Room to Dream

David Lynch & Kristine McKenna

Things have harmonics, and if you’re true to an idea as much as you can be, then the harmonics will be there and they’ll be truthful even though they may be abstract.
Room to Dream by David Lynch, Kristine McKenna (Hardback ISBN 9781782118381) book cover

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The extraordinary, highly anticipated memoir from visionary film-maker David Lynch, co-creator of Twin Peaks

David Lynch – co-creator of Twin Peaks and writer and director of groundbreaking films like Eraserhead, The Elephant Man, Blue Velvet and Mulholland Drive – opens up about a lifetime of extraordinary creativity, the friendships he has made along the way and the struggles he has faced – sometimes successful, sometimes not – to bring his projects to fruition.

Part-memoir, part-biography, Room to Dream interweaves Lynch’s own reflections on his life with the story of those times, as told by Kristine McKenna, drawing from extensive and explosive interviews with ninety of Lynch’s friends, family members, actors, agents, musicians and collaborators. Lynch responds to each recollection and reveals the inner story of the life behind the art.


“If you expected a David Lynch biography to be just like any other biography, you’ve never seen a David Lynch movie … Fascinating”
new York Times

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“David Lynch’s memoir illuminates the origins of his art … the humour and eccentricity of Mr Lynch’s own reminiscences and observations are the book’s main pleasure”
the Economist

“Lynch is the master of the perverse, the unsettling and the plain bonkers”
sunday Times

Room to Dream is very much the Gospel According to David … Offers countless new stories, even for Lynch fanatics … All is told with Lynch’s considerable charm, characterised by boyish enthusiasm and the gnomic statements that have made him so Internet-friendly (“Keep your eye on the donut and not on the hole”)”
washington Post

“Captivating … Gives the reader a panoramic insight into Lynch’s impressive oeuvre, with sufficient time left to explore Lynch’s childhood and coming of age”
irish Independent On Sunday


David Lynch & Kristine McKenna

David Lynch advanced to the front ranks of international cinema in 1977 with the release of his first film, the startlingly original Eraserhead. Since then, Lynch has been nominated for three Best Director Academy Awards for The Elephant Man, Blue Velvet and Mulholland Drive, was awarded the Palme d’Or for Wild at Heart and has established himself as an artist of tremendous range and wit. In 1990, Twin Peaks mania swept the world when his groundbreaking television series premiered on ABC. A new season of Twin Peaks aired in May 2017 to widespread acclaim.

Kristine McKenna is a widely published critic and journalist who wrote for the Los Angeles Times from 1977 to 1998. Her profiles and criticism have appeared in Artforum, The New York Times, Artnews, Vanity Fair, The Washington Post and Rolling Stone Magazine.