David and jo henniger, in search of an escape from their less than happy lives in London, a doctor and a children's book author, accept an invitation to attend a bacchanal at their old friends' home, deep in the Moroccan desert. But as a groggy david navigates the dark desert roads, two young men spring from the roadside, the car swerves.
The Forgiven: A Novel #ad - . And one boy is left dead. When david and jo arrive at the party, hedonistic foreigners in their midst, the Moroccan staff, already disgusted by the rich, soon learn of David's unforgiveable act. Then the boy's irate Berber father appears, and events begin to spin beyond anyone's control. With spare, searing eroticism, evocative prose, and a gift for the unexpected, Osborne memorably portrays the privileged guests wrestling with their secrets amid the remoteness and beauty of the desert landscape.
Hunters in the Dark: A NovelHogarth #ad - As he crosses the border from Thailand, he tests the threshold of a new future. And on that first night, a trunk full of heroin, a suave american, a small windfall precipitates a chain of events-- involving a bag of “jinxed” money, a hustler taxi driver, and a rich doctor’s daughter-- that changes Robert’s life forever.
Hunters in the dark is a sophisticated game of cat and mouse redolent of the nightmares of Patricia Highsmith, where identities are blurred, greed trumps kindness, and karma is ruthless. Filled with hitchcockian twists and turns, and unafraid to confront difficult questions about the machinations of fate, suffused with the steamy heat and pervasive superstition of the Cambodian jungle, this is a masterful novel that confirms Lawrence Osborne’s reputation as one of our finest contemporary writers.
Hunters in the Dark: A Novel #ad - From the novelist the new york times compares to paul bowles, an evocative new work of literary suspense Adrift in Cambodia and eager to side-step a life of quiet desperation as a small-town teacher, Evelyn Waugh and Ian McEwan, 28-year-old Englishman Robert Grieve decides to go missing.
Beautiful Animals: A NovelHogarth #ad - Naomi, convinces sam, a younger american girl on vacation with her family, the daughter of a wealthy British art collector who has owned a villa in the exclusive hills for decades, to help this stranger. As the two women learn more about the man, a migrant from Syria and a casualty of the crisis raging across the Aegean Sea, their own burgeoning friendship intensifies.
Truly difficult to put down. This is a great book. Sophisticated, smart and uncomfortable, and the story is cracking. Lionel shriver, Washington Post "Startlingly good. Osborne has been described as an heir to Graham Greene, and he shares with Greene an interest in what might be called the moral thriller. Katie kitamura, new york times Book Review"A seductively menacing new thriller by Lawrence Osborne.
Beautiful Animals: A Novel #ad - . Who unites graham greene’s fondness for foreign soil with Patricia Highsmith’s fascination with the nastier coils of the human psyche. Npr’s “fresh air"financial times summer pick 2017guardian best holiday reads 2017 on a hike during a white-hot summer break on the Greek island of Hydra, exposed to the elements, Naomi and Samantha make a startling discovery: a man named Faoud, sleeping heavily, but still alive.
But when their seemingly simple plan to help Faoud unravels all must face the horrific consequences they have set in motion.
The Ballad of a Small Player: A NovelHogarth #ad - But as doyle attempts to make a rare and true connection, all that he accepts as reality seems to be slipping from his grasp. Resonant of classics by dostoevsky and Graham Greene, The Ballad of a Small Player is a timeless tale steeped in eerie suspense and rich atmosphere. A riveting tale of risk and obsession set in the alluring world of Macau’s casinos, by the author of the critically acclaimed The Forgiven.
As night falls on macau and the neon signs that line the rain-slick streets come alive, Doyle – “Lord Doyle” to his fellow players – descends into his casino of choice to try his luck at the baccarat tables that are the anchor of his current existence. Taking refuge in a series of louche and dimly lit hotels, he watches his fortune rise and fall as the cards decide his fate.
The Ballad of a Small Player: A Novel #ad - In a moment of crisis he meets dao-ming, an enigmatic Chinese woman who appears to be a denizen of the casinos just like himself, and seems to offer him salvation in the form of both money and love. A corrupt english lawyer who has escaped prosecution by fleeing to the East, Doyle spends his nights drinking and gambling and his days sleeping off his excesses, continually haunted by his past.
Bangkok Days: A Sojourn in the Capital of PleasureNorth Point Press #ad - A passionate, affectionate record of adventures and misadventures in the world's hottest metropolis tourists come to bangkok for many reasons—a sex change operation, a night with two prostitutes dressed as nuns, a stay in a luxury hotel. A guide without inhibitions, osborne takes us to a feverish place where a strange blend of ancient Buddhist practice and new sexual mores has created a version of modernity only superficially indebted to the West.
Bangkok Days: A Sojourn in the Capital of Pleasure #ad - Bangkok days is a love letter to the city that revived Osborne's faith in adventure and the world. And so the restless exile stays. Lawrence Osborne comes for the cheap dentistry. Osborne's is a visceral experience of bangkok, whether he's wandering the canals that fill the old city; dining at the No Hands Restaurant, where his waitress feeds him like a baby; or launching his own notably unsuccessful career as a gigolo.
Broke but no longer in pain, he finds that he can live in Bangkok on a few dollars a day.
The Wet and the Dry: A Drinker's JourneyBroadway Books #ad - In his wide-ranging travels, compelling him to wonder: is drinking alcohol a sign of civilization and sanity, sometimes unsettling insights into the deeply embedded conflicts between East and West, and often irreverent travel narrative, The Wet and the Dry offers provocative, Lawrence Osborne—a veritable connoisseur himself—has witnessed opposing views of alcohol across cultures worldwide, controversial, or the very reverse? Where do societies fall on the spectrum between indulgence and restraint? An immersing, and the surprising influence of drinking on the contemporary world today.
Now with an excerpt from Lawrence Osborne's latest novel, The Ballad of a Small Player. Selected as a top ten book of the year by dwight garner, and an insightful meditation on the meaning of alcohol consumption across cultures worldwide Drinking alcohol: a beloved tradition, a dangerous addiction, New York TimesA “fearlessly honest account” Financial Times of man’s love of drink, even “a sickness of the soul” as once described by a group of young Muslim men in Bali.
Only to Sleep: A Philip Marlowe NovelHogarth #ad - Sipping margaritas, playing cards, his silver-tipped cane at the ready. It hangs with you like a scar. Npr. As much a meditation on aging and memory as it is a crime thriller. Los angeles times “it’s the kind of book where, when you read it, it turns the world to black and white for a half-hour afterward.
His mission is to investigate the death of Donald Zinn—supposedly drowned off his yacht, and leaving behind a much younger and now very rich wife. Osborne and Chandler are a perfect match. William boyd, author of any human Heart “A Marlowe we at once know, but have never met before. The place, Baja California.
Only to Sleep: A Philip Marlowe Novel #ad - But is zinn actually alive? are the pair living off the spoils? Set between the border and badlands of Mexico and California, Lawrence Osborne’s resurrection of the iconic Marlowe is an unforgettable addition to the Raymond Chandler canon. Praise for only to sleep “a new case for Philip Marlowe and—have a smell from the barrel, all you gunsels and able grables —it crackles.
The new york times book review Editors’ Choice “Brilliant. When in saunter two men dressed like undertakers, with a case that has his name written all over it. For marlowe, this is his last roll of the dice, his swan song. Lawrence osborne brings one of literature’s most enduring detectives back to life—as Private Investigator Philip Marlowe returns for one last adventure.
The Last Storytellers: Tales from the Heart of MoroccoI.B. Tauris #ad - For nearly a thousand years, storytellers have gathered in the Jemaa el Fna, the legendary square of the city, to recount ancient folktales and fables to rapt audiences. With their passing we risk losing something of Morocco's national psyche and also part of the world's intangible heritage. Richard hamilton has witnessed at first hand the death throes of this rich and captivating tradition and, has tracked down the last few remaining storytellers, in the labyrinth of the Marrakech medina, recording stories that are replete with the mysteries and beauty of the Maghreb.
Moroccan tales have a huge educational, religious and moral impact on their audience, offering timeless values and guidance to all who listen. But this unique chain of oral tradition that has passed seamlessly from generation to generation is teetering on the brink of extinction. Those who have seen the storytellers of marrakech at first hand have witnessed something that is no longer part of this world, a treasure as precious as the planet's most endangered species and of immeasurable importance to humanity.
The Last Storytellers: Tales from the Heart of Morocco #ad - The competing distractions of television, movies and the internet have drawn the crowds away from the storytellers and few have the desire to learn the stories and continue their legacy. Marrakech is the heart and lifeblood of Morocco's ancient storytelling tradition.
The Naked Tourist: In Search of Adventure and Beauty in the Age of the Airport MallNorth Point Press #ad - What, perceptive, have to sell? a travelogue into that heart of darkness known as the westernmind, the naked tourist is the most mordant and ambitious work to date from the author of The Accidental Connoisseur, are millions of affluent itinerants looking for in these endless resorts, Osborne asks, sex clubs, praised by The New York Times Book Review as "smart, funny, generous, hotels, spiritual retreats, spas, cosmetic-surgery packages, and "back to nature" trips? What does tourism, the world's single largest business, sensible.
The Naked Tourist: In Search of Adventure and Beauty in the Age of the Airport Mall #ad - ". And like many a lost soul on this same route, he ended up in the harrowing forests of Papua, searching for a people who have never seen a tourist. From the theme resorts of dubai to the jungles of papua new Guinea, a disturbing but hilarious tour of the exotic east—and of the tour itselfSick of producing the bromides of the professional travel writer, Lawrence Osborne decided to explore the psychological underpinnings of tourism itself.
He took a six-month journey across the so-called Asian Highway—a swathe of Southeast Asia that, since the Victorian era, has seduced generations of tourists with its manufactured dreams of the exotic Orient.
A House in Fez: Building a Life in the Ancient Heart of MoroccoPocket Books #ad - So begins a remarkable adventure that is bewildering, at times hilarious, and ultimately immensely rewarding. While vacationing in morocco, are inspired to buy a dilapidated, centuries-old riad in Fez with the aim of restoring it to its original splendor, Suzanna Clarke and her husband, Sandy, using only traditional craftsmen and handmade materials.
A House in Fez: Building a Life in the Ancient Heart of Morocco #ad - A house in fez chronicles their meticulous restoration, but it is also a journey into Moroccan customs and lore and a window into the lives of its people as friendships blossom. The medina -- the old city -- of Fez is the best-preserved, medieval walled city in the world. When the riad is finally returned to its former glory, Suzanna finds she has not just restored an old house, but also her soul.
Inside this vibrant moroccan community, if often shabby, and Arab-style houses, internet cafes and mobile phones coexist with a maze of donkey-trod alleyways, gorgeous with intricate, thousand-year-old sewer systems, mosaic work.
In Arabian NightsBantam #ad - Tahir shah’s the caliph’s house, describing his first year in Casablanca, was hailed by critics and compared to such travel classics as A Year in Provence and Under the Tuscan Sun. As he wends his way through the labyrinthine medinas of Fez and Marrakesh, traverses the Sahara sands, Tahir collects a dazzling treasury of traditional stories, and tastes the hospitality of ordinary Moroccans, gleaned from the heritage of A Thousand and One Nights.
Now shah takes us deeper into the heart of this exotic and magical land to uncover mysteries that have been hidden from Western eyes for centuries. In this entertaining and penetrating book, Tahir sets out on a bold new journey across Morocco that becomes an adventure worthy of the mythical Arabian Nights.
In Arabian Nights #ad - The tales, recounted by a vivid cast of characters, reveal fragments of wisdom and an oriental way of thinking that is both enthralling and fresh. Along the way he describes the colors, and the passion of Morocco, characters, and comes to understand why it is such an enchanting land. A link in the chain of scholars and teachers who have passed these stories down for centuries like a baton in a relay race, Shah reaches layers of culture that most visitors hardly realize exist, and eventually discovers the story living in his own heart.
From master masons who labor only at night to sufi wise men who write for soap operas, In Arabian Nights takes us on an unforgettable journey, and Tuareg guides afflicted by reality TV, shining a light on facets of a society that are normally left in darkness.