The Versions Us
What if you had said yes? Some moments change everything

A man is walking down a country lane. A woman, cycling towards him, swerves to avoid a dog. On that moment, their future hinges. There are three possible outcomes, three small decisions that could determine the rest of their life.

Eva and Jim are nineteen and students at Cambridge when their paths first cross in 1958. And then there is David, Eva's then-lover, an ambitious actor who loves Eva deeply. The Versions of Us follows the three different courses their lives could take following this first meeting. Lives filled with love, betrayal, ambition but through it all is a deep connection that endures whatever fate might throw at them.

The Versions of Us by Laura Barnett explores the idea that there are moments when our lives might have turned out differently, the tiny factors or decisions that could determine our fate, and the precarious nature of the foundations upon which we build our lives. It is also a story about the nature of love and how it grows, changes and evolves as we go through the vagaries of life.

Read an extract | Listen to an extract | Visit Laura Barnett's website

A man is walking down a country lane. A woman, cycling towards him, swerves to avoid a dog. On that moment, their future hinges. There are three possible outcomes, three small decisions that could determine the rest of their life.

Eva and Jim are nineteen and students at Cambridge when their paths first cross in 1958. And then there is David, Eva's then-lover, an ambitious actor who loves Eva deeply. The Versions of Us follows the three different courses their lives could take following this first meeting. Lives filled with love, betrayal, ambition but through it all is a deep connection that endures whatever fate might throw at them.

The Versions of Us by Laura Barnett explores the idea that there are moments when our lives might have turned out differently, the tiny factors or decisions that could determine our fate, and the precarious nature of the foundations upon which we build our lives. It is also a story about the nature of love and how it grows, changes and evolves as we go through the vagaries of life.

Read an extract | Listen to an extract | Visit Laura Barnett's website

Meet the Author

Laura Barnett explains how she wrote The Versions of Us.

Meet the Author

Laura Barnett explains how she wrote The Versions of Us.

Listen to the Music

Laura’s second greatest love, after literature, is music, and music – from the Rolling Stones and Talking Heads to Schubert and Mozart – also punctuates the lives of Eva and Jim in The Versions of Us. Here, you can listen to the soundtrack that underpins particular scenes in each version, moving, with the characters, from the 1950s right up to the present day.

Version 1: Spotify playlist Version 2: Spotify playlistVersion 3: Spotify playlist

Listen to the Music

Laura’s second greatest love, after literature, is music, and music – from the Rolling Stones and Talking Heads to Schubert and Mozart – also punctuates the lives of Eva and Jim in The Versions of Us. Here, you can listen to the soundtrack that underpins particular scenes in each version, moving, with the characters, from the 1950s right up to the present day.

Version 1: Spotify playlist Version 2: Spotify playlistVersion 3: Spotify playlist

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ONE DAY meets SLIDING DOORS”
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“So elegantly and beautifully written . . . 
a really wonderful book”

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“Both brilliant and astonishingly good”
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