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Laura Barnett - Author

About the Author

Laura Barnett is a writer, journalist and theatre critic. She has been on 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, where she now lives with her husband. She studied Spanish and Italian at Cambridge University, and newspaper journalism at City University, London.

Her first non-fiction book, Advice from the Players - a compendium of advice for actors - is published by Nick Hern Books. Laura has previously published short stories, for which she has won several awards. The Versions of Us is her first novel and has sold in 24 countries, with television rights optioned by Trademark Films. Laura is currently working on her second novel Greatest Hits.

Author photo © Rick Morris Pushinsky

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Ein Leben aus leuchtenden Tagen

Ein Leben aus leuchtenden Tagen

Author: Laura Barnett Format: eBook Release Date: 26/06/2018

Cass Wheeler ist eine britische Sangerin und Songwriterin. Nach uber drei Jahrzehnten glanzvoller Karriere verschwindet sie plotzlich aus der Offentlichkeit, was zu wusten Spekulationen fuhrt. Zehn Jahre spater steht sie in ihrem Studio und beginnt eine Reise in die Vergangenheit: Sie mochte aus all den Liedern, die sie im Lauf ihres Lebens geschrieben hat, ihr ganz personliches Greatest-Hits-Album zusammenstellen. Jeder Song, den Cass an diesem einen Tag spielt, lost eine Kette von Erinnerungen aus. Die Songs fuhren uns zu ihrer Mutter, von der sie verlassen wurde, den Mannern, die sie geliebt, dem Kind, das sie geboren hat - bis hin zu dem ungeheuerlichen Ereignis, das Cass radikal mit ihrem ruhmvollen Leben brechen lie.

Greatest Hits From the bestselling author of The Versions of Us

Greatest Hits From the bestselling author of The Versions of Us

Author: Laura Barnett Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 08/03/2018

'Barnett has that rare talent, like Curtis Sittenfeld or Kate Atkinson, of building up the mundane aspects of everyday life until they acquire meaning' 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' STYLIST If you could choose just sixteen moments to define your entire life, what would they be? Cass Wheeler has seen it all - from the searing heights of success, to earth-shattering moments of despair. She has known passion, envy, pride, fear, and love. She has been a daughter, a mother, a singer, a lover. A musician born in 1950, Cass is now taking one day to select the sixteen songs in her repertoire that have meant the most to her. And behind each song lies a story - from the day her mother abandoned her, to her passionate first love, to the moment she lost everything. The dreams, the failures, the second chances. But what made her disappear so suddenly from her public life and, most importantly, can she find her way back? 'The mother/daughter relationship is the most moving aspect ofthis excellent book...This engaging, emotionally charged novel about music,motherhood and mental illness deserves to be a hit' OBSERVER What readers are saying about GREATEST HITS: 'A brilliant and unusual read...There is real emotional power to Cass's story and you really feel it in the narrative....It gives an unfiltered personal history, with joy, love, failures, regrets and all that it takes to live delivered beautifully' Goodreads 5 star review 'Truly, truly wonderful in every way imaginable and I can't recommend it highly enough' Goodreads 5 star review 'A triumphant second book to follow up to The Versions of Us which I also adored' Goodreads 5 star review 'A truly unique and memorable novel. Definitely one of the best novels so far this year' Goodreads 5 star review 'Filled with characters who burst from the page, dealing with almost unbearable sorrows and incredible highs, Greatest Hits is an absolute triumph. I loved every single page' Goodreads 5 star review

Versions of Us

Versions of Us

Author: Laura Barnett Format: eBook Release Date: 01/03/2018

In one moment, two lives will be changed forever . . . and forever . . . and forever. The one thing that's certain is they met on a Cambridge street by chance and felt a connection that would last a lifetime. But as for what happened next . . . They fell wildly in love, or went their separate ways. They kissed, or they thought better of it. They married soon after, or were together for a few weeks before splitting up. They grew distracted and disappointed with their daily lives together, or found solace together only after hard years spent apart.

Greatest Hits From the bestselling author of The Versions of Us

Greatest Hits From the bestselling author of The Versions of Us

Author: Laura Barnett Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 13/06/2017

One day. Sixteen songs. The soundtrack of a lifetime... Alone 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? Daughter. Mother. Singer. Lover. What are the memories that mean the most? In this bittersweet and poignant follow-up to the Number One bestselling The Versions of Us, Laura Barnett cements her position as one of the most talented storytellers of her generation.

Versions of Us

Versions of Us

Author: Laura Barnett Format: eBook Release Date: 03/05/2016

In one moment, two lives will be changed forever ... and forever ... and forever.The one thing that's certain is that they met on a Cambridge street by chance and felt a connection that would last a lifetime. But as for what happened next ... They fell wildly in love or went their separate ways. They kissed or they thought better of it. They married soon after or were together for a few weeks before splitting up. They grew distracted and disappointed with their daily lives together or found solace together only after hard years spent apart. With The Versions of Us, Laura Barnett has created a world as magical and affecting as those that captivated readers in One Day and Life after Life. It is a tale of possibilities and consequences that rings across the shifting decades, from the fifties, sixties, seventies, and on to the present, showing how even the smallest choices can define the course of our lives.

Drei mal wir

Drei mal wir

Author: Laura Barnett Format: eBook Release Date: 11/03/2016

Das erfolgreichste literarische Debut des Jahres 2015 in England: ein Buch uber die Macht des Augenblicks und ein Pladoyer fur die Liebe. Eva und Jim sind neunzehn und Studenten in Cambridge, als ihre Wege sich 1958 zum ersten Mal kreuzen. Eine Fahrradpanne fhrt die beiden zusammen. Was dann passiert, wird den Rest ihres Lebens bestimmen. Wir folgen drei unterschiedlichen Versionen ihrer Zukunft, zusammen und getrennt. Sehen Eva dabei zu, wie sie eine berhmte Schriftstellerin wird. Und Jim, wie er fr die Kunst seinen Beruf als Anwalt hinter sich lsst. Wir sehen Partner kommen und gehen, reisen mit ihnen nach London, New York und Los Angeles. In all den Jahren nimmt ihre Liebe immer wieder ungeahnte Wege, von den ersten drei Treffen bis hin zum Finale: drei Liebesgeschichten, ein Paar. "e;Drei mal wir"e; ist ein reicher Roman ber die Was-wre-wenn-Momente des Lebens. Darber, wie ein Augenblick ber unser Leben entscheiden kann. Und es ist ein Pldoyer fr die Liebe - auch wenn man sie nicht immer gleich erkennt. "e;Drei mal wir"e; war in England das Sommerbuch des Jahres 2015: Nummer-1-Bestseller, verkauft in 22 Lnder und ein sensationeller Presseerfolg. Die deutsche Ausgabe ist besonders liebevoll gestaltet: durchgngig vierfarbig, florale Vignetten und illustrierte Zwischentitel.

Advice from the Players

Advice from the Players

Author: Laura Barnett Format: Paperback Release Date: 12/09/2014

A host of leading actors offer tips and advice learned from their many combined years of experience working in the performing arts. An insightful and wonderfully personal take on how to make it, and survive, in the world of showbusiness, the book offers advice on such topics as: - to train, or not to train - getting an agent - and how to find work without one - the do's and don'ts of rehearsals - acting for camera - acting in comedies - stage fright and how to survive it Frank and informative, Advice from the Players is a must-read for amateurs, drama students and anyone starting out on a career in theatre, film or television, as well as the many fans of some of the biggest names working in the entertainment industry today.

Existential Therapy Legacy, Vibrancy and Dialogue

Existential Therapy Legacy, Vibrancy and Dialogue

Author: Laura Barnett Format: Hardback Release Date: 28/11/2011

In 1958 in their book Existence, Rollo May, Henri Ellenberger and Ernst Angel introduced existential therapy to the English-speaking psychotherapy world. Since then the field of existential therapy has moved along rapidly and this book considers how it has developed over the past fifty years, and the implications that this has for the future. In their 50th anniversary of this classic book, Laura Barnett and Greg Madison bring together many of today's foremost existential therapists from both sides of the Atlantic, together with some newer voices, to highlight issues surrounding existential therapy today, and look constructively to the future whilst acknowledging the debt to the past. Dialogue is at the heart of the book, the dialogue between existential thought and therapeutic practice, and between the past and the future. Existential Therapy: Legacy, Vibrancy and Dialogue, focuses on dialogue between key figures in the field to cover topics including: historical and conceptual foundations of existential therapy perspectives on contemporary Daseinanalysis the search for meaning in existential therapy existential therapy in contemporary society. Existential Therapy: Legacy, Vibrancy and Dialogue explores how existential therapy has changed in the last five decades, and compares and contrasts different schools of existential therapy, making it essential reading for experienced therapists as well as for anyone training in psychotherapy, counselling, psychology or psychiatry who wants to incorporate existential therapy into their practice.

Existential Therapy Legacy, Vibrancy and Dialogue

Existential Therapy Legacy, Vibrancy and Dialogue

Author: Laura Barnett Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 25/11/2011

In 1958 in their book Existence, Rollo May, Henri Ellenberger and Ernst Angel introduced existential therapy to the English-speaking psychotherapy world. Since then the field of existential therapy has moved along rapidly and this book considers how it has developed over the past fifty years, and the implications that this has for the future. In their 50th anniversary of this classic book, Laura Barnett and Greg Madison bring together many of today's foremost existential therapists from both sides of the Atlantic, together with some newer voices, to highlight issues surrounding existential therapy today, and look constructively to the future whilst acknowledging the debt to the past. Dialogue is at the heart of the book, the dialogue between existential thought and therapeutic practice, and between the past and the future. Existential Therapy: Legacy, Vibrancy and Dialogue, focuses on dialogue between key figures in the field to cover topics including: historical and conceptual foundations of existential therapy perspectives on contemporary Daseinanalysis the search for meaning in existential therapy existential therapy in contemporary society. Existential Therapy: Legacy, Vibrancy and Dialogue explores how existential therapy has changed in the last five decades, and compares and contrasts different schools of existential therapy, making it essential reading for experienced therapists as well as for anyone training in psychotherapy, counselling, psychology or psychiatry who wants to incorporate existential therapy into their practice.

When Death Enters the Therapeutic Space Existential Perspectives in Psychotherapy and Counselling

When Death Enters the Therapeutic Space Existential Perspectives in Psychotherapy and Counselling

Author: Laura Barnett Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/10/2008

Although it is a natural and inescapable part of life, death is a subject that is often neglected in psychotherapeutic literature and training. In When Death Enters the Therapeutic Space Laura Barnett and her contributors offer us insights into working with mortality in the therapeutic encounter. Taking an existential perspective, the book brings together a variety of client groups, all of whom have experienced a confrontation with mortality, and encourages the reader to engage with and reflect upon the subject of death. Although this may initially evoke anxiety and distress, Barnett and her contributors introduce the reader to the 'vitality of death' (Koestenbaum): an energy and focus that can come from confronting our greatest fears and anxieties, including the anxiety aroused by our own mortality. Topics covered include: philosophical roots and principal approaches to existential therapy health related issues including cancer, HIV and Intensive Care surviving violent trauma creating a safe space for the client short prognosis and palliative care bereavement. When Death Enters the Therapeutic Space presents therapists with an understanding of what it means to experience such traumas and prepares them for helping the client. It will be useful for trainee counsellors and experienced therapists alike.

When Death Enters the Therapeutic Space Existential Perspectives in Psychotherapy and Counselling

When Death Enters the Therapeutic Space Existential Perspectives in Psychotherapy and Counselling

Author: Laura Barnett Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/10/2008

Although it is a natural and inescapable part of life, death is a subject that is often neglected in psychotherapeutic literature and training. In When Death Enters the Therapeutic Space Laura Barnett and her contributors offer us insights into working with mortality in the therapeutic encounter. Taking an existential perspective, the book brings together a variety of client groups, all of whom have experienced a confrontation with mortality, and encourages the reader to engage with and reflect upon the subject of death. Although this may initially evoke anxiety and distress, Barnett and her contributors introduce the reader to the 'vitality of death' (Koestenbaum): an energy and focus that can come from confronting our greatest fears and anxieties, including the anxiety aroused by our own mortality. Topics covered include: philosophical roots and principal approaches to existential therapy health related issues including cancer, HIV and Intensive Care surviving violent trauma creating a safe space for the client short prognosis and palliative care bereavement. When Death Enters the Therapeutic Space presents therapists with an understanding of what it means to experience such traumas and prepares them for helping the client. It will be useful for trainee counsellors and experienced therapists alike.

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