Lawrence Osborne

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Lawrence Osborne

Lawrence Osborne is a British novelist currently residing in New York City.

Osborne was educated at Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge[1] and at Harvard, and has since led a nomadic life, residing for years in France, Italy, Morocco, the United States, Mexico, Thailand and Istanbul.

He is the author of the novel Ania Malina,[2] a book about Paris, Paris Dreambook,[3] the essay collection The Poisoned Embrace,[4] a controversial book about autism called American Normal,[5] and three subsequent travel books published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux between 2004 and 2009: a book about wine, The Accidental Connoisseur,[6] The Naked Tourist,[7] and an account of expatriate life in Bangkok called Bangkok Days.[8] His short stories have appeared in many American magazines. His story 'Volcano' originally published in Tin House was selected for inclusion in Best American Short Stories 2012. His novel The Forgiven was published in 2012 to widespread acclaim. It was selected by The Economist as one of the Best Books of the Year for 2012. [9][10][11][12][13][14][15][16][17][18][19][20][21][22][23][24][25][26][27][28][29][30][31][32][33]

Osborne's next book, The Wet and the Dry, a travelogue about Islam and alcohol, was published in 2013. It was included in the Top 10 Books of 2013 by the New York Times Book Review critic, Dwight Garner.

Osborne has been published widely as a journalist in the United States, most notably in the New York Times Magazine,[34] The New Yorker,[35] Gourmet, Salon, Playboy, and Condé Naste Traveler. He was also been an occasional op ed columnist at and is a frequent contributor to Newsweek International, The Daily Beast and The Wall Street Journal Magazine.His recent feature for Playboy, 'Getting a Drink in Islamabad' won a 2011 Thomas Lowell Award for Travel Journalism.

A novel, The Ballad of a Small Player will be published by Hogarth in spring 2014.


  1. ^ "Books by Members - Optima (p. 18)". Fitzwilliam College. 2013. Retrieved 7 February 2014. 
  2. ^ Osborne, Lawrence. Ania Malina. Jonathan Cape, 1986; Scribner's; King Penguin.
  3. ^ Osborne, Lawrence. Paris Dreambook. Bloomsbury Publishing PLC, 1990; Vintage Contemporaries.
  4. ^ Osborne, Lawrence. The Poisoned Embrace. Bloomsbury, 1993; Pantheon.
  5. ^ Osborne, Lawrence. American Normal. Copernicus Books, 2002. ISBN 0-387-95307-8 (hardcover, 224 pages).
  6. ^ Osborne, Lawrence. The Accidental Connoisseur. Farrar Straus Giroux, 2004.
  7. ^ Osborne, Lawrence. The Naked Tourist. Farrar Straus Giroux, 2006.
  8. ^ Osborne, Lawrence. Bangkok Days. Farrar Straus Giroux, North Point Press, 2009.
  9. ^ Osborne, Lawrence (2011-10-30). "Boxer, Godfather, Politician. Can Manny Pacquiao Do Everything?". Retrieved 2013-12-29. 
  10. ^ Osborne, Lawrence (2011-09-25). "Pedro Almodóvar on the Verge". Retrieved 2013-12-29. 
  11. ^ Josephs, Allen (1987-10-18). "In Love With a 'Lunatique' - New York Times". Retrieved 2013-12-29. 
  12. ^ Malone, Denise. "An Interview With Lawrence Osborne". The New York Times. 
  13. ^ Woodward, Richard B. (2009-07-24). ""Bangkok Days" by Lawrence Osborne". The New York Times. 
  14. ^ Grimes, William (2006-06-10). "In 'The Naked Tourist,' Lawrence Osborne Travels Beyond Wherever". The New York Times. 
  15. ^ "Where Every Man Has Gone Before". The New York Times. 2006-06-04. 
  16. ^ "Interview With Lawrence Osborne: 'Bangkok Days' - Features". World Hum. Retrieved 2013-12-29. 
  17. ^ Hendra, Tony (2004-03-28). "The Reign of Terroir". Retrieved 2013-12-29. 
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  19. ^ Jed Lipinski (2009-05-13). "Summer Guide: Lawrence Osbourne Pursues Redeemable Vulgarity in Bangkok Days - Page 1 - Books - New York". Village Voice. Retrieved 2013-12-29. 
  20. ^ Will Self (1993-06-13). "BOOK REVIEW / A trip round the sexual psyche: 'The Poisoned Embrace: A Brief History of Sexual Pessimism' - Lawrence Osborne: Bloomsbury: 13.99 pounds - Arts & Entertainment". London: The Independent. Retrieved 2013-12-29. 
  21. ^ {author} (2003-01-06). ""American Normal" by Lawrence Osborne -". Retrieved 2013-12-29. 
  22. ^ CONSTANCE CASEY (1991-06-04). "BOOK REVIEW : One Leprous View of the City of Light : PARIS DREAMBOOK: An Unconventional Guide to the Splendor and Squalor of the City By Lawrence Osborne Pantheon $21, 210 pages - Los Angeles Times". Retrieved 2013-12-29. 
  23. ^ Hammer, Joshua (2009-12-06). "Holiday Travel Books". The New York Times. 
  24. ^ "Fiction Book Review: The Forgiven by Lawrence Osborne. Random/Hogarth, $25 (288p) ISBN 978-0-307-88903-4". Retrieved 2013-12-29. 
  25. ^ Knopf, Chris (2012-08-15). "THE FORGIVEN by Lawrence Osborne | Kirkus". Retrieved 2013-12-29. 
  26. ^ Garner, Dwight (2012-09-25). "‘The Forgiven,' by Lawrence Osborne". The New York Times. 
  27. ^ Sharma, Akhil (2012-09-30). "The Forgiven: Lawrence Osborne’s Masterful Mystery". Retrieved 2013-12-29. 
  28. ^ Garner, Dwight (2013-12-19). "Dwight Garner's 10 Favorite Books of 2013". The New York Times. 
  29. ^ Robert Collins (2013-04-21). "The Forgiven by Lawrence Osborne". The Sunday Times. Retrieved 2013-12-29. 
  30. ^ "The Forgiven". Daily Mail (London). 
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  32. ^ Garner, Dwight (2013-07-23). "Lawrence Osborne's Alcohol Quest in ‘The Wet and the Dry'". The New York Times. 
  33. ^ Ulin, David L. (2013-07-26). "'The Wet and the Dry' is a nuanced cocktail of a book". Los Angeles Times. 
  34. ^ New York Times Search: Lawrence Osborne
  35. ^ Osborne, Lawrence. "Letter from New Guinea: Strangers in the Forest". The New Yorker, April 18, 2005, p. 124.

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