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A major new acquisition

W&N Fiction HB / ETPB June £12.99 320pp 978 1 474 60016 3 / 978 1 474 60017 0 eBook: £12.99 / 978 1 474 60018 7

‘The moment I started reading this book I just knew it was something very special indeed. It feels so accomplished, so perfectly pitched and paced, the talent shines out on every page’ – Kirsty Dunseath, Publisher, W&N Fiction

W&N Fiction • June 2015

LAURA BARNETT The Versions of Us

One Day meets Sliding Doors in this outstanding debut which was acquired following a fiercely contested auction, and which is causing a buzz across the publishing world. The Versions of Us is a highly accomplished novel about the choices we make and the different courses that our lives might follow. At its heart is a story about enduring love. Eva and Jim are nineteen, and students at Cambridge in 1958 when their paths first cross. Jim is walking along a lane when a woman approaching him on a bicycle swerves to avoid a dog. What happens next will determine the rest of their lives. We follow three different versions of their future – together, and apart – as their love story takes on different incarnations and twists and turns to the conclusion in the present day. Laura Barnett is a writer, journalist and theatre critic. She has been on staff at the Guardian and the Daily Telegraph, and is now a freelance arts journalist and features writer, working for the Guardian, the Observer and Time Out London, as well as several other national newspapers and magazines. Laura was born in 1982 in south London, where she now lives with her husband, and studied Spanish and Italian at Cambridge University, and newspaper journalism at City University, London. Her first non-fiction book, Advice from the Players, was published in September 2014. She has previously published short stories, for which she has won several awards. The Versions of Us is her first novel.

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Location: London Available for interview www.laura-barnett.co.uk @laura_jbarnett