Laura Barnett by Rick Morris Pushinsky

Photograph by Rick Morris Pushinsky

I’m an author and journalist. My second novel, Greatest Hits, will be published in the UK in June 2017 by Weidenfeld & Nicolson, and in various other countries and languages not long after that.

My first novel, The Versions of Us, was a number-one bestseller. You can read an extract from it here, and more about the book, and my writing, here. The book is published in the US by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, and in 23 other languages – including German, Spanish, Italian, French, Portuguese, Czech and Mandarin.

As an arts journalist and theatre critic, I have written regularly for The Guardian, The Observer, The Daily Telegraph and Time Out London.

My non-fiction book, Advice from the Players, is published by Nick Hern Books. You can order the book here and read an extract from it in The Guardian.

I live with my husband Andy and our cat Eno (after Brian, since you’re asking) in Crystal Palace, south-east London, not far from where I grew up.

The fiction I love best takes the world we know, and our own familiar, everyday lives, and renders them rich and strange. Among the writers who’ve most inspired me along the way – and continue to inspire me – are Anne Tyler; Alice Munro; Joyce Carol Oates; Elizabeth Jane Howard; Tessa Hadley; and Elizabeth Strout.

As well as novels, I also write short stories, for which I’ve won a few awards – you can read some of those stories here – and I am currently working on my new novel, Salvage.

My literary agent is the lovely Judith Murray at Greene and Heaton.