The Versions of Us by Laura Barnett
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Laura is a writer, journalist and theatre critic. She has worked for The Guardian,the Daily Telegraph, The Observer and Time Out, as well as several other national newspapers and magazines. She has published award-winning short stories and a compendium of advice for actors, Advice From the Players. The Versions of Us is her first novel spent 10 weeks in the top 20 Bestsellers list and has had rave reviews.
Praise for Laura Barnett
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
What if you had said yes? The moments that change everything..
The Versions of Us is a love story told three ways. A young man is walking down a country lane. A woman, cycling towards him, swerves to avoid a dog. On that moment, their future hinges. There are three possible outcomes, three small decisions that could determine the rest of their lives.
Eva and Jim are nineteen and students at Cambridge when their paths first cross in 1958. There is also David, Eva’s lover, an ambitious actor who loves Eva deeply but cares more for his own talent. The Versions of Us follows the three different courses their lives could take following this first chance meeting. Lives filled with love, betrayal and ambition, but through it all a deep connection that endures, whatever fate might throw at them.
The Versions of Us explores the idea that there are moments when our lives might have turned out differently, the tiny factors or decisions that could determine our fate, and the precarious nature of the foundations upon which we build our lives. It is also a story about the nature of love and how it grows, changes and evolves as we travel through life.
Beside Myself by Ann Morgan
Ann Morgan’s writing has appeared in the Guardian, BBC Music Magazine, the Literary Review and the New Internationalist, and she was a finalist in the Guardian’s International Development Journalism Competition 2010. She has sub-edited for publications including Tatler and Vanity Fair. Her first book, Reading the World: Confessions of a Literary Explorer, was published to great critical acclaim in 2015. Ann Morgan’s experiences as a Samaritans volunteer helped her powerful portrayal of psychological stress in Beside Myself.
Praise for Ann Morgan
A dark tale of addiction and mental illness … This sinister thriller is set for big things next year. Selected by Stylist for one of the ‘must-read thrillers’ for 2016
As gripping as Room, as powerful as Elizabeth is Missing, Beside Myself is the story of twin sisters, a childhood game with devastating consequences and the slippery nature of identity
Helen and Ellie are identical twins – like two peas in a pod – everyone says. The girls know this isn’t true, though: Helen is the leader and Ellie the follower. Until they decide to swap places: just for fun, and just for one day. But Ellie refuses to swap back… And so begins a nightmare from which Helen cannot wake up.
Beside Myself is an unsettling and darkly brilliant psychological drama about family, selfhood and identity – what makes us who we are and how very fragile it can be
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