Laura Linney narrates audiobook of My Name is Lucy Barton

Laura Linney narrates audiobook of My Name is Lucy Barton

Penguin Random House Audio will publish an audiobook edition of the stage production of Elizabeth Strout’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel My Name is Lucy Barton (Viking) by the show’s star, Hollywood actress Laura Linney.

The audiobook will be available from Audible, Apple Books and all audiobook retailers from 4th February 2020.

Linney made her London theatre début in Richard Eyre’s limited three-week run of "My Name Is Lucy Barton" in June 2018. The adaptation by Rona Munro of Strout’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel returned to the London stage in 2019, and will be making its Broadway début in January 2020.

"The tradition of books moving to the screen and to the stage is much-loved by audiences worldwide," PRH UK said. "This new audiobook production of My Name is Lucy Barton marks an innovative step-change by giving listeners the chance to experience an outstanding theatre performance."

Hannah Telfer, m.d. of audiences and audio at PRH UK, said: "We are passionate about bringing stories and experiences from across cultural mediums to new listeners through audio. My Name is Lucy Barton is an incredible story which has inspired a theatre production which we are now proud to transform into an audiobook. We look forward to exploring further collaborations across the creative industries."

The novel follows Lucy Barton, who is unsteady after an operation, who wakes to find her mother sitting at the foot of her bed. She hasn’t seen her in years, and her visit brings back to Lucy her desperate rural childhood, and her escape to New York. As she begins to find herself as a writer, she is still gripped by the urgent complexities of family life. It has sold 126,693 copies for £1.06m across all editions, according to Nielsen BookScan.

Linney is an American actress who works in film, television and theatre. She starred in and served as an executive producer for the award winning Showtime Series “The Big C” for four seasons. She also won multiple awards for her portrayal of Abigail Adams in the HBO mini series "John Adams", directed by Tom Hooper. Linney has been awarded the Screen Actors Guild Award, two Golden Globes and four Emmy Awards and she has been nominated three times for an Academy Award.