Laura Barnett: The Version of Us

Running from
Last event: Sunday 16 October 2016 at 4.30pm
  • Chester Town Hall

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.

About the author
Laura Barnett was born in 1982 in south London, where she now lives with her husband. She studied Spanish and Italian at Cambridge University, and newspaper journalism at City University, London.  Her debut novel, The Versions of Us, was nominated for the 2016 BBIA Award for Debut Fiction, and won the Richard and Judy Spring 2016 Book Club. It was also selected by Waterstones as a Book of the Month and Book Club choice, and the US edition, published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, is a Barnes and Noble Discover pick for summer 2016.  Translation rights have been sold in 26 other countries, and TV rights have been optioned by Trademark Films.

Duration

Approx 60 mins

Reviews

Barnett renders an irresistible concept in sweet, cool prose
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.
An affecting and thought-provoking work, The Versions of Us will keep you gripped until the tear-jerking conclusion
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