No. 1 bestselling author
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The Versions of Us has sold over 200k copies across all editions so far – and is still going!
LAURA bARNETT Greatest Hits
The new novel from the No. 1 bestselling author of The Versions of Us, the biggest debut of 2015.
Cass Wheeler – a british singer-songwriter, hugely successful since the early 70s, whose sudden disappearance from the music world three decades later has been the subject of intense speculation among her fans – is in the studio that adjoins her home, taking a journey back into her past. Her task is to choose sixteen songs from among the hundreds she has written since her early teens, for a uniquely personal Greatest Hits record, describing the arc of her life through song.
It has been over a decade since Cass last put out an album; ten years since the loss of her daughter catapulted her into a breakdown. In the course of this one day – both ordinary and extraordinary – each song Cass plays sets off a chain of memories, leading us deep into her past, and into the creative impulse that has underpinned her work.
• The Versions of Us was the biggest debut of 2015 and was selected for both the waterstones and richard & Judy book clubs.
‘The beautiful love child of David Nicholls’s One Day and kate atkinson’s Life After Life’ The Times on The Versions of Us
‘Everyone’s talking about The Versions of Us by laura Barnett’ Woman & Home on The Versions of Us laura Barnett is a writer, journalist and theatre critic. She has been on the staff at the Guardian and the Daily Telegraph, and writes for a number of national newspapers and magazines. Laura was born in 1982 in south London. She studied Spanish and Italian at Cambridge University, and newspaper journalism at City University, London.
Location: London, SE19 Available for interview www.laura-barnett.co.uk T: @laura_jbarnett
W&N Fiction • June 2017