Biography

Laura’s first novel, The Versions of Us (2015), was a number-one bestseller; it has been translated into 24 languages, was shortlisted for Debut of the Year at the British Book Awards, and has been optioned for television by Trademark Films. Her second novel, Greatest Hits was published in 2017, with an accompanying soundtrack album by the musician Kathryn Williams. Her third, Gifts, is to be published in winter 2021, with another to follow in 2022.

As a journalist, arts writer and theatre critic, she has written for a number of national newspapers and magazines, including the Guardian, the Observer and the Daily Telegraph. She also teaches creative writing for Curtis Brown Creative, has delivered a TedX talk on originality in fiction, and worked as a writing mentor for the charities Arts Emergency and Spread The Word, and as a Royal Literary Fellow.

Photo credit: Chris O'Donovan. 

Contact: l.barnett@mmu.ac.uk

Personal website: http://www.laura-barnett.co.uk/

Read my full academic profile on the Department of English at MMU website.

Published Work