Laura Barnett | ' I woke up thinking about whether the person that you end up with is necessarily the person you would have ended up with had you gone down a different path'

Laura Barnett | ' I woke up thinking about whether the person that you end up with is necessarily the person you would have ended up with had you gone down a different path'

Is the person you end up with the person you would have ended up with if you had gone down another path? That is the question Laura Barnett woke up asking herself one day almost two years ago, and gestated during her regular morning runs around Crystal Palace Park. It became the seed of what would become her début novel, The Versions of Us.

We meet in a restaurant in Crystal Palace not far from that park. In fact, it is the same restaurant where Barnett got engaged, a fitting place in which to talk about a love story—or three, as is the case with Barnett’s novel. The Versions of Us is a lo...

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