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Greatest Hits


Greatest Hits
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Greatest Hits

Laura Barnett

ISBN 9781474600217

Cass Wheeler - a British singer-songwriter, hugely successful since the early 70s, whose sudden disappearance from the music has been the subject of intense speculation among her fans - is in the studio that adjoins her home, taking a journey back into her past. Her task is to choose sixteen songs from among the hundreds she has written since her early teens, for a uniquely personal Greatest Hits record, describing the arc of her life through song.

It has been over a decade since Cass last put out an album; ten years since a tragedy catapulted her into a breakdown. In the course of this one day - both ordinary and extraordinary - each song Cass plays sets off a chain of memories, leading us deep into her past, and into the creative impulse that has underpinned her work.

This is the story of a life - of highs and lows, love and separation, success and failure. Of what it is to live a fulfilled life, and how to make peace with our mistakes.

The Author

laura barnett Laura Barnett 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 bestselling debut novel, The Versions of us, was published in May 2015, and translated into 25 languages. TV rights have been optioned by Trademark Films.

As a freelance arts journalist, features writer and theatre critic, Laura has worked for the Guardian, the Observer, the Daily Telegraph and other national newspapers and magazines. Her first non-fiction book, Advice From The Players- a compendium of advice for actors was published in 2014 by Nick Hern Books.





Reviews, News & Interviews:

The beautiful love child of David Nicholls's One Day and Kate Atkinson's Life After Life. The Times on The Versions of Us

It’s very scope is a joy, the technical achievement seamlessly done, and the ending - all the endings - suitably affecting. Guardian on The Versions of Us