Greatest Hits (Paperback)Laura Barnett (author)
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From the author of Waterstones Book of the Month The Versions of Us comes a story about music and the memories that make up a life.
At the heart of the novel is my fascination with the pleasures and sacrifices demanded by living a truly creative life – particularly for women – and with the process of writing and performing music. – Laura Barnett
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.
In a ground-breaking collaboration each chapter of Greatest Hits opens with a song, with each being turned into a reality by the singer and songwriter Kathryn Williams The sixteen tracks in the book, with music by Kathryn and lyrics in collaboration with the author, will be released in June 2017 on Kath’s album Songs from the Novel Greatest Hits, via her label One Little Indian.
Get a taste of the music behind the novel as Laura Barnett discusses the ten songs that have shaped her life.
Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
Number of pages: 464
Dimensions: 198 x 128 x 38 mm
'The mother/daughter relationship is the most moving aspect of this excellent book...This engaging, emotionally charged novel about music, motherhood and mental illness deserves to be a hit.' - The Observer
'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.. an authentic account of the true cost of laying oneself bare as a female artist in an industry where double standards reign'. - Stylist
'Barnett's portrait is unusually perceptive, a mixture of evocative detail and sharp reportage that feels fresh to read.' - Sunday Times
'Barnett's style is poetic, perceptive and so fully realised it reads like an exceptionally well-written biography of a real person.. A fascinating, occasionally sobering, portrait of fame.' - Daily Mail
'Greatest Hits is no disappointment.. Barnett proves once again that she can master the art of storytelling and weave a complex, enticing plot into 400 pages.' - The Independent
'...has a wisdom and a harmony that are satisfying.' - The Guardian
'...the overriding melody in this seductive novel is the pleasure and pain of living a creative life.' - Sunday Express
'A thoughtful portrait of a competitive marriage, of artistic sacrifice, of female ambition and of irredemablle emotional damage.' - Metro
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“Soundtrack of her life....”
" Greatest Hits " is a highly original novel told through songs Cass Wheeler has written or chooses to tell her life story.
We get to know Cass through her songs and lyrics as a young girl, daughter,... More
“More book-music collaborations please!”
Laura Barnett's The Versions of Us still sits on my TBR pile but I was interested in the idea of her second novel, especially when it was announced that Kathryn Williams would be providing an accompanying... More
“A life in song”
A heart wrenching and emotional read, Cass Wheeler looks back over her life as a musician as she picks her Greatest Hits. Really nicely written, this was a lovely read. I really enjoyed the tie in with the songs and... More
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