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The Versions of Us

The Number One bestseller

By Laura Barnett

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'One Day meets Sliding Doors' (Elle).

A RICHARD AND JUDY BOOK CLUB PICK AND NUMBER ONE BESTSELLER

What if you had said yes . . . ?

Eva and Jim are nineteen, and students at Cambridge, when their paths first cross in 1958. 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.

The Versions of Us is an outstanding debut novel about the choices we make and the different paths that our lives might follow. What if one small decision could change the rest of your life?

Laura's Barnett's new book GREATEST HITS is available for pre-order now.

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  • ISBN: 9781474600897
  • Publication date: 31 Dec 2015
  • Page count: 432
  • Imprint: W&N
Summer Reading choice: an intriguing debut — SUNDAY TIMES
Summer Reading recommendation: the beautiful love child of David Nicholl's One Day and Kate Atkinson's Life After Life — THE TIMES
Summer Reading recommendation: I am 20 pages in and already hooked on Laura Barnett's counterfactual THE VERSIONS OF US, which is a kind of literary Sliding Doors — THE OBSERVER
a triumphant debut.. a thoughtful, measured book about the interplay of chance and destiny in our lives. — Elena Seymenliyska, SUNDAY TELEGRAPH
Its very scope is a joy, the technical achievement seamlessly done, and the ending - all the endings - suitably affecting — Jenny Colgan, THE GUARDIAN
Barnett renders an irresistible concept in sweet, cool prose - a bit like a choose-your-own adventure book in which you don't have to choose. — Hepzibah Anderson, THE OBSERVER
The Versions of Us is well written, deftly crafted and constantly surprising, in the way that chaotic real life is surprising; through the technical exercise might sound a tad mechanical, Laura Barnett uses it with verve to tell an utterly convincing love story about two people destined to be together somehow, no matter what. — Kate Saunders, THE TIMES
Like Kate Atkinson's Life After Life or the film Sliding Doors, The Versions of Us, a fine debut by Laura Barnett, offers multiple "what ifs"... involving and poignant. — SUNDAY TIMES
Maeve Binchy's death left a gap in the market for stories simply told with no literary affectation. Barnett's promising first novel reads like early Binchy.. the tantalising 'what if?' theme keeps all three stories going at a cracking pace. — DAILY MAIL
An affecting and thought-provoking work, The Versions of Us will keep you gripped until the tear-jerking conclusion. — DAILY EXPRESS
We reckon that you'll see a few other people by the pool with their heads in this book as it's a classic summer read. One day meets Mad Men in this tale of the different ways a couple's relationship could have played out from the late 1950s to the present. — METRO
an amazing piece of British literature - this book should definitely be on your reading list this summer if you enjoy contemporary romance and books that really make you think — BUZZFEED
Truly enthralling... I simply adored this wonderful novel — Jessie Burton - author of The Miniaturist
I absolutely loved [The Versions of Us]. It's so elegantly and beautifully written... I was equally enthralled by each of the three versions...a really wonderful book. — Esther Freud
both brilliant and astonishingly good — Elizabeth Buchan
skilfully done — MAIL ON SUNDAY
unique, complex and playful.. Barnett suspends our disbelief like a conjuror — Elizabeth Fremantle, SUNDAY EXPRESS
Everyone's talking about The Versions of Us by Laura Barnett. Eva and Jim's first meeting has three possible outcomes. Barnett interweaves the resulting love stories with their beautifully drawn characters into an elegant, touching tapestry. — Fanny Blake, WOMAN AND HOME
One Day meets Sliding Doors — ELLE
A clever, romantic debut.. Barnett tells three outcomes of the same affair, a simple, effective metaphor for the paths love itself can take you on, before winding up smartly in the present. — GRAZIA
One to watch: we meet two characters, then time splits and follows three different versions of their lives. Each strand is distinct - and equally captivating. — GOOD HOUSEKEEPING
a fascinating debut novel that could well be this year's One Day. — BELLA
All the highs and lows of love are portrayed in this thought-provoking and moving read. — Cathy Rentzenbrink, PRIMA
We follow (Eva and Jim) as their lives spin out in three different ways and so, inevitably, Sliding Doors comparisons kick in. But this is its own book; deep, sensitive and without a hint of commercial compromise.. Just lovely. — SAINSBURY'S MAGAZINE
It's annoying when a book won't let you give it up. You put it to one side and think "maybe I will read that later" because you have more important things to do. And there it is the next day, in your hands, wide open, pulling you back in, just not letting you go... As a first novel this is quite an accomplishment. — NEWBOOKSMAG
It's hard to believe this is Laura Barnett's debut novel. It's so sophisticated and well put-together - I'm completely in awe of how Barnett managed to write not just one story, but three, and make them all work perfectly together. — GIRL! REPORTER
I recommend this book without reservation... This is a wonderful, exceptional book by Laura Barnett. I loved it. — Moira Please, THE PERFECT WRITING RETREAT
glorious... a book that I think will do incredibly well come its release — A CASE FOR BOOKS
Worth every tear rolling down my cheeks. It's a 2015 must-read! — strupag.com
Each version had its own moments that made me laugh and cry and I did find myself thinking about what my own different versions would be like. — thepagesbetween.com
In pieces having just finished Laura Barnett's The Versions of Us. Brilliant. — @btwhizz
Comparisons have been made with David Nicholls' One Day and yes, it can be compared favourably with his masterpiece. This is a work of great mastery and deserves to be read and re-read for its own merits. — MATURE TIMES
Clever but not showy, romantic but not schmaltzy, it's clear that the buzz around this book is justified. — DAILY MIRROR
In Laura Barnett's first novel, a good idea is cleverly executed . . . The Versions of Us is a confident debut. — THE INDEPENDENT
A hugely engrossing and, ultimately, deeply moving book about connections, possibilities, regret and the complicated nature of love. — SUNDAY BUSINESS POST
written with intelligence and warmth — TIMES LITERARY SUPPLEMENT
The story of Eva and Jim twists and turns over many decades in this thought-provoking love story. Great read. — PRIMA
Already a bestseller, this debut opens with a chance meeting between students Eva and Jim in 1958. As romance hangs in the air the novel splinters into three different directions with three outcomes, each following the couple over 60 years. — DAILY EXPRESS
well-written and constantly surprising, in the way that real life is surprising. — THE TIMES
This bestselling alternative universe romance could be described as Sliding Doors, except with three stories instead of two, or Life After Life, without all the messy deaths. — THE GUARDIAN
Like Kate Atkinson's Life After Life or the film Sliding Doors, Barnett's fine debut offers multiple "what ifs" — SUNDAY TIMES
an impressive debut — SUNDAY EXPRESS
A clever, touching and unforgettable book — HEAT
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Greatest Hits

Laura Barnett
Authors:
Laura Barnett

FROM THE BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF THE VERSIONS OF US'Like Curtis Sittenfeld or Kate Atkinson' THE TIMES'Barnett excels herself in this mesmerising ballad of a book...Greatest Hits is not just about music, it's about people: their ambitions, friendships and flaws. An absolute must read' STYLISTAlone in her studio, Cass Wheeler is taking a journey back into her past. After a silence of ten years, the singer-songwriter is picking the sixteen tracks that have defined her - sixteen key moments in her life - for a uniquely personal Greatest Hits album. In the course of this one day, both ordinary and extraordinary, the story of Cass's life emerges - a story of highs and lows, of music, friendship and ambition, of great love and great loss. But what prompted her to retreat all those years ago, and is there a way for her to make peace with her past?' A wonderful story - soulful, tender and full of hope - SUNDAY MIRROR

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An Equal Stillness

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Francesca Kay
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What Might Have Been?

Introduced and Edited by Andrew Roberts
Authors:
Introduced and Edited by Andrew Roberts

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