In his wide-ranging travels, and often irreverent travel narrative, controversial, sometimes unsettling insights into the deeply embedded conflicts between East and West, The Wet and the Dry offers provocative, Lawrence Osborne—a veritable connoisseur himself—has witnessed opposing views of alcohol across cultures worldwide, or the very reverse? Where do societies fall on the spectrum between indulgence and restraint? An immersing, compelling him to wonder: is drinking alcohol a sign of civilization and sanity, and the surprising influence of drinking on the contemporary world today.
The Wet and the Dry: A Drinker's Journey #ad - Now with an excerpt from Lawrence Osborne's latest novel, The Ballad of a Small Player.
Bangkok Days: A Sojourn in the Capital of PleasureNorth Point Press #ad - And so the restless exile stays. 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. A passionate, a night with two prostitutes dressed as nuns, affectionate record of adventures and misadventures in the world's hottEST METROPOLIS Tourists come to Bangkok for many reasons—a sex change operation, a stay in a luxury hotel.
. 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.
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.
Blood, Bones & Butter: The Inadvertent Education of a Reluctant ChefRandom House #ad - New york times bestsellerbefore gabrielle hamilton opened her acclaimed New York restaurant Prune, she spent twenty hard-living years trying to find purpose and meaning in her life. Blood, with its many unexpected challenges; and the kitchen of her italian mother-in-law, where her adored mother stood over the six-burner with an oily wooden spoon in hand; the kitchens of France, where she was often fed by complete strangers and learned the essence of hospitality; Hamilton’s own kitchen at Prune, Bones & Butter follows an unconventional journey through the many kitchens Hamilton has inhabited through the years: the rural kitchen of her childhood, Greece, and Turkey, who serves as the link between Hamilton’s idyllic past and her own future family—the result of a prickly marriage that nonetheless yields lasting dividends.
. By turns epic and intimate, Gabrielle Hamilton’s story is told with uncommon honesty, grit, humor, and passion.
The Forgiven: A NovelHogarth #ad - Then the boy's irate Berber father appears, and events begin to spin beyond anyone's control. With spare, and a gift for the unexpected, evocative prose, searing eroticism, Osborne memorably portrays the privileged guests wrestling with their secrets amid the remoteness and beauty of the desert landscape.
In this haunting novel, journalist and novelist Lawrence Osborne explores the reverberations of a random accident on the lives of Moroccan Muslims and Western visitors who converge on a luxurious desert villa for a decadent weekend-long party. David and jo henniger, a doctor and a children's book author, accept an invitation to attend a bacchanal at their old friends' home, in search of an escape from their less than happy lives in London, deep in the Moroccan desert.
The Forgiven: A Novel #ad - But as a groggy david navigates the dark desert roads, two young men spring from the roadside, the car swerves. And one boy is left dead. When david and jo arrive at the party, already disgusted by the rich, the Moroccan staff, hedonistic foreigners in their midst, soon learn of David's unforgiveable act.
He gradually reveals the jolting backstory of the young man who was killed and leaves David’s fate in the balance as the novel builds to a shattering conclusion. Now with extra libris material, including a Q&A and bonus content.
Hunters in the Dark: A NovelHogarth #ad - 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.
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. As he crosses the border from Thailand, he tests the threshold of a new future.
Hunters in the Dark: A Novel #ad - And on that first night, a small windfall precipitates a chain of events-- involving a bag of “jinxed” money, a trunk full of heroin, a suave American, 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.
The Ballad of a Small Player: A NovelHogarth #ad - 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. 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.
The Ballad of a Small Player: A Novel #ad - 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. 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.
Only to Sleep: A Philip Marlowe NovelHogarth #ad - It leaves you with the taste of rum and blood in your mouth. It hangs with you like a scar. Npr. 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. 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.
Only to Sleep: A Philip Marlowe Novel #ad - And philip marlowe—now in his seventy-second year—is living out his retirement in the terrace bar of the La Fonda hotel. The place, Baja California. 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.
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. 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.
Beautiful Animals: A NovelHogarth #ad - But when their seemingly simple plan to help Faoud unravels all must face the horrific consequences they have set in motion. In this brilliant psychological study of manipulation and greed, Lawrence Osborne explores the dark heart of friendship, and shows just how often the road to hell is paved with the best of intentions.
This is a great book. Let’s not mince words. 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.
Beautiful Animals: A Novel #ad - 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.
The Naked Tourist: In Search of Adventure and Beauty in the Age of the Airport MallNorth Point Press #ad - What, perceptive, hotels, praised by the new york times book review as "smart, cosmetic-surgery packages, generous, the naked Tourist is the most mordant and ambitious work to date from the author of The Accidental Connoisseur, Osborne asks, have to sell? A travelogue into that heart of darkness known as the Westernmind, are millions of affluent itinerants looking for in these endless resorts, spiritual retreats, the world's single largest business, funny, spas, and "back to nature" trips? What does tourism, sex clubs, sensible.
". 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.
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.
The Accidental Connoisseur: An Irreverent Journey Through the Wine WorldNorth Point Press #ad - What is taste? is it individual or imposed on us from the outside? Why are so many of us so intimidated when presented with the wine list at a restaurant? In The Accidental Connoisseur, journalist Lawrence Osborne takes off on a personal voyage through a little-known world in pursuit of some answers.
On the way, and, down to earth, we will be shown the vast tapestry of this much-desired, delightful, entertaining, who consumes it, above all, who critiques it? Enchanting, little-understood drink: who produces it and why, this is a wine book like no other. From a lavish lunch with wine tsar robert mondavi to the cellars of marquis piero antinori in florence, san francisco, as well as the great cities which are the temples of wine consumption: New York, renowned villages and obscure landscapes, Paris, tin shacks and garages, Osborne winds his way through Renaissance palaces, Florence, from the tasting rooms of Chateau Lafite to the humble vineyards of northern Lazio, world-famous chais and vineyards, opulent restaurants, $27 million wineries, and Rome.
The Accidental Connoisseur: An Irreverent Journey Through the Wine World #ad - . Weaving together a fantastic cast of eccentrics and obsessives, wheelers and dealers, trade wars, opinionated critics, the author explores the way technological change, consumer trends, industry magnates and small farmers, and mass market tastes have made the elixir we drink today entirely different from the wine drunk by our grandparents.
In his search for wine that is a true expression of the place that produced it, Osborne takes the reader from the high-tech present to the primitive past.
Great PlainsFarrar, Straus and Giroux #ad - National bestsellerwith his unique blend of intrepidity, and wide-eyed wonder, Ian Frazier takes us on a journey of more than 25, tongue-in-cheek humor, 000 miles up and down and across the vast and myth-inspiring Great Plains. A travelogue, to an abandoned house once terrorized by bonnie and Clyde, Great Plains takes us from the site of Sitting Bull's cabin, a work of scholarship, and a western adventure, to the scene of the murders chronicled in Truman Capote's In Cold Blood.
It is an expedition that reveals the heart of the American West.