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FROM THE BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF THE VERSIONS OF US

'Like Curtis Sittenfeld or Kate Atkinson' THE TIMES

'Barnett excels herself in this mesmerising ballad of a book...Greatest Hits is not just about music, it's about people: their ambitions, friendships and flaws. An absolute must read' STYLIST

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?

' A wonderful story - soulful, tender and full of hope - SUNDAY MIRROR

The mother/daughter relationship is the most moving aspect of this excellent book, and as Cass becomes a mother herself the novels asks, to what extent can harmful patterns by broken? 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 - BOOK WARS)Barnett's portrait is unusually perceptive, a mixture of evocative detail and sharp reportage that feel 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)For fans of Laura Barnett's debut novel, The Versions of Us, her next novel 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)this is a wonderful story - soulful, tender and full of hope (SUNDAY MIRROR)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)Everybody's talking about Greatest Hits. (GOOD HOUSEKEEPING)A thoughtful portrait of a competitive marriage, of artistic sacrifice, of female ambition and of irredemablle emotional damage." (METRO)In June look out for the second novel by Laura Barnett, the author of the bestselling debut The Versions of Us. Greatest Hits is the tale of legendary singer-songwriter Cass Wheeler who chooses 16 songs for her Greatest Hits compilation, the songs telling the story of her tumultuous life. (DAILY EXPRESS)Barnett's debut, The Versions of Us, was one of the hits of 2015. Her second novel tells the story of singer-songwriter Cass Wheeler, whose withdrawal from the music industry years ago was the cause of endless speculation. Now she's surfaced again, and over the course of one day she looks back over her life as she compiles her greatest hits album. (MAIL ON SUNDAY)The Versions of Us was a bestseller with rights sold in 25 countries. Her follow-up, Greatest Hits, is about a singer-songwriter who tells her tumultuous life story through her personal greatest hits compilation. (SUNDAY EXPRESS)Laura Barnett will follow up her bestselling debut, The Versions of Us. Greatest Hits tells the story of a hugely successful singer-songwriter who has disappeared from the music scene and selects 16 songs for her personal greatest hits compilation. (BBC NEWS)2017 is already shaping up to be a brilliant year for books. Bestselling authors Paula Hawkins and Laura Barnett will be back with their much-awaited second novels. (STYLIST.CO.UK)Laura Barnett's Greatest Hits is as readable a story as her debut The Versions of Us. (25/01/17)A poignant story of the highs and lows of rock-star life. (TATLER)An easy, enjoyable read just made for sunloungers. (Sam Baker The Pool)

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  • PDF | 464 pages
  • Laura Barnett(Author)
  • W&N (15 Jun. 2017)
  • English
  • 5
  • Fiction

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  • By Lorna Doone on 18 July 2017

    Readable life story of a pop star listing the events in her life and family problems and various characters she encountered on the way. Certainly takes the glamour off a pop star's true life and the constant exposure to smoking, alcohol and drugs is well described. I almost felt exhausted as I read it. Probably a little too long for me and I felt there were too many characters so I kept being confused with some of them especially with all the flashbacks. But I did want to find out what happened and kept reading until the end, although Ihad pretty much guessed the ending anyway.Thought it was clever linking the music to the chapters.

  • By LynnJ on 14 September 2017

    Loved this story - the idea of soundtracks that described a stage of the artists life worked really well and was quite unique. I really wanted to listen to the songs but sadly the links to you tube didn't seem to work for me - so I just had to make do with the lyrics and use my imagination!

  • By Naz Ward on 26 August 2017

    The book is fantastic; beautiful writing, intriguing story line and strong believable characters. But what makes this an 'experience' is the music that goes with the story; the soundtrack to memories which aren't even yours. Genius!

  • By S. Bell on 15 June 2017

    Thank you to Orion Publishing who provided an ARC via net galley in return for an honest review.It was with a squeal of happiness that I downloaded the ARC to my kindle. The Versions of Us had been one of my favourite reads of 2015 and I nervously started reading Greatest Hits hoping that this would be one of my favourite books of 2017. Needless to say, it is, but my review cannot possibly do it justice. As Cass herself says about the writing process "when she did try to write about them, they seemed to lose something in the recollection, turn to hazy facsimiles of the lucid images projected in her mind"Cass Wheeler is the singer/song writer who we are introduced to as a recluse in her 60's who has lived the last few decades hidden away in the country, away from the music industry and social life. She is pulling together an album of her greatest hits. Not the songs that sold the most, but the songs that tell the story of her life and hold the most meaning to her.The songs that she chooses allow the reader to experience the pivotal moments in her life and the family and friends who have had the biggest impact on her. The mistakes that Cass feels she has made and gradual acceptance of her rich and varied life are all explored in her song lyrics and the memories that these lyrics spark in her. The songs and the emotions and meaning behind them that became so much a part of my life over the days that I read the book, I actually feel that Cass Wheeler is a real person and if I google her there will be a multitude of internet articles about her.The writing is a dream, with musical echoes in the language used. One particular image that stuck with me was the way that the bees buzzing in the garden were described. It is evident that everything has been meticulously researched for the book, but never to the detriment of the story or the emotions hidden in the pages.I held off finishing the book for as long as I was able, because I really didn't want Cass's story to end.


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