Laura Barnett Photo by Chris O'Donovan

Photograph by Chris O’Donovan

I’m an author, journalist and teacher of creative writing. My second novel, Greatest Hits, is published in the UK by Weidenfeld & Nicolson, in the US by Europa Editions, and in various other countries and languages. My third, Giftsis out in November 2021.

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 24 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, our son Caleb and our cat Eno (after Brian, since you’re asking) in rural Kent.

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 Richard Yates.

As well as novels, I write short stories, for which I’ve won a few awards – you can read some of those stories here. I also teach creative writing – I’m a senior lecturer at Manchester Metropolitan University, and I teach for Curtis Brown Creative and the Arvon Foundation. I have also worked as a mentor for the charity Arts Emergency (they’re amazing – check them out), and the writers’ development agency Spread The Word.

You can watch my TedX talk on originality in fiction, given at Cambridge University in 2017, on YouTube here.

My literary agent is the lovely Judith Murray at Greene and Heaton. If you want to get in touch with me, please contact her first.