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Laura Barnett

Laura Barnett photoLaura Barnett is a writer, journalist and theatre critic. She has been on staff at the Guardian and the Daily Telegraph, and is now a freelance arts journalist and features writer, working for the Guardian, the Observer and Time Out, as well as several other 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.

You can follow Laura on Twitter @laura_jbarnett or visit her website www.laura-barnett.co.uk


Prepare to be Mesmerised . . .

We are delighted to share with you an extract from Wendy Moore’s stunning new book THE MESMERIST. From the author of the No. 1 bestseller WEDLOCK, comes the story of two pioneering men of science, and a nation in thrall to mesmerism . . . Medicine, in the early 1800s, was a brutal business. Operations were performed without anaesthesia while conventional treatment relied on leeches, cupping and toxic potions. The most surgeons could offer by way of pain relief was a large swig of brandy. Onto this scene came John Elliotson, the dazzling new hope…

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W&N Fiction’s 2016 Year in Review

2016 was a fantastic year for W&N Fiction. Let our editorial assistant, Craig, walk you through our last twelve months in books.   January 2016 kicked off for W&N with the publication of Travelers Rest by Keith Lee Morris, hailed as ‘a fine addition to the creepy hotel thriller genre’ by the Independent and ‘a stunning read’ by Sci-Fi Now. Get your copy here.       February February brought The Maker of Swans by Paraic O’Donnell, a debut with prose as beautiful as its cover. This Gothic tale received admiring reviews from all quarters,…

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W&N editors let you in on the hot debuts coming up in 2017

As 2016 draws to a close, the W&N editors look ahead to 2017 and the exciting new voices that we will be bringing to a bookshop near you! If you want some hot tips for your 2017 reading list, you’ve come to the right place. Arzu: I’m hugely excited about The Stolen Child by Lisa Carey. It’s a big story with a dark soul. Full of intrigue and more than a little magic, The Stolen Child is a novel of rugged beauty and enchantment.       Jennifer: I’m looking forward to February and the…

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#12Days: Philippe Sands’ gifting recommendations

Today we are thrilled to be joined by East West Street author Philippe Sands as he shares his bookish Christmas gifting recommendations this us.

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#12Days: Simon Sebag Montefiore’s Christmas Recommendations

Simon Sebag Montefiore, author of The Romanovs: 1613-1918 has shared some of his favourite books with us, for some Christmas gifting inspiration!

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