Lawrence Osborne





Lawrence Osborne

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

Osborne was educated at Cambridge and 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, a book about Paris, Paris Dreambook, the essay collection The Poisoned Embrace, a controversial book about autism called American Normal, and three subsequent travel books published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux between 2004 and 2009: a book about wine, The Accidental Connoisseur, The Naked Tourist, and an account of expatriate life in Bangkok called Bangkok Days. His short stories have appeared in many American magazines. His story Volcano originally p...more


Average rating: 3.47 · 1,223 ratings · 318 reviews · 14 distinct works · Similar authors
The Forgiven
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The Accidental Connoisseur:...
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Bangkok Days
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The Wet and the Dry: Ventur...
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The Ballad of a Small Player
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“For a long time I had wanted to take leave of Planet Tourism, to find one of those places that occasionally turn up in the middle pages of newspapers in far-flung cities, in which--we are told--a mad loner has been discovered who has lost all contact with the modern world. It seems inevitable that this desire will one day be listed in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of the American Psychiatric Association as Robinson Crusoe Syndrome.”
Lawrence Osborne
tags: travel

“There is nothing more exasperating than reading in contemporary guidebooks disparagements of places that are deemed to be "seedy." Do the writers not notice that such places are invariably crowded with people? When a neighborhood is described as "seedy" by some Lonely Planet prude, I immediately head there.”
Lawrence Osborne, The Naked Tourist: In Search of Adventure and Beauty in the Age of the Airport Mall
tags: travel

“It’s always too late to change.”
Lawrence Osborne, The Ballad of a Small Player

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