"A master of the high style"
– The Guardian
"Osborne writes mercilessly, savagely well..."
– The Daily Mail
"A master of the high style"
Praise for Lawrence Osborne: "A sinister and streamlined entertainment in the tradition of Paul Bowles, Evelyn Waugh, and the early Ian McEwan . . . surprising and dark and excellent." --New York Times "Extraordinarily acute to human nature." –Akhil… MoreBuy
“Elegant, stylish and ambiguous …Dramatic irony, used sharply by Osborne, keeps the narrative edgy and gripping…Written with unfailing precision and beauty.”—Neel Mukherjee, Man Booker Prize-shortlisted author of The Lives of Others“Osborne’s Cambodia is rendered beautifully…… MoreBuy
Named as one the 100 Notable Books of 2014 by the New York Times Book Review Selected by NPR as one of the Best Books of 2014, including Staff Picks Chosen by Neel Mukherjee for… MoreBuy
A Drinker's Journey
A NEW YORK TIMES 2013 TOP TEN BOOK OF THE YEAR “Instantly among the best nonfiction volumes about drinking that we have...Mr. Osborne comes across in The Wet and the Dry as a real human… MoreBuy
Selected by The Economist as one of the Best Books of the Year 2012 Selected by Library Journal as one of the Year's Best Books 2012 Year's Best Books Chosen by Writers, selected by Lionel… MoreBuy
A Brief History of Sexual Pessimism
"Defining sexual pessimism as the "equation of sexual love outside the prerequisites of reproduction with death," and musing that it may be 'Catholicism's most eccentric trait,' Osborne ( Paris Dreambook ) offers a thoughtful, sometimes… MoreBuy
"Wickedly enjoyable." - Joshua Hammer, The New York Times Book Review "Bangkok is the sponge that absorbs 'those who have lapsed into dilettantism,' writes Osborne (The Accidental Connoisseur) in recounting his time in the fabled… MoreBuy
An Irreverent Journey Through the Wine World
"The number of serious wine books published in recent years can be counted on one hand—which makes Osborne's funny and erudite tale all the more welcome. Structured as a traditional quest, it stems from an… MoreBuy
In Search of Adventure and Beauty in the Age of the Airport Mall
"When a neighborhood is described as 'seedy' by some Lonely Planet prude," Osborne (The Accidental Connoisseur) declares, "I immediately head there." But even the boldest of travel writers can become jaded by visiting locales that… MoreBuy
The Hidden World of Asperger Syndrome
"Osborne uses his considerable journalistic talents to interview a number of well-known … and some not-so-well-known people diagnosed with an enigmatic disorder known as Asperger’s Syndrome. … Recommended for readers at all levels." - K.… MoreBuy
"Readers expecting the standard tourist cliches about the City of Light will be disappointed in this unusual travel guide. Using the literary device of an imaginary peasant, Osborne, author of Ania Malina ( LJ 6/15/87),… MoreBuy
"The horrors of war and the complexities of obsessive love color this short but ornate first novel. James Lovecraft, a wounded British soldier, meets Ania, a teenaged, Polish-French refugee, while both are recuperating in a… MoreBuy