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Osborne, Lawrence 1958-

Overview
Works: 35 works in 227 publications in 8 languages and 7,837 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Thrillers (Fiction)  Psychological fiction  Cross-cultural studies  Detective and mystery fiction  Guidebooks  Travel writing  Action and adventure fiction  Novels  Anecdotes 
Roles: Author
Classifications: PR6065.S23, 823.914
Publication Timeline
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Most widely held works by Lawrence Osborne
The forgiven : a novel by Lawrence Osborne( Book )

22 editions published between 2012 and 2017 in 4 languages and held by 1,183 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A couple in a deteriorating relationship are involved in a fatal car accident on their way to an annual wild party at a friend's house deep in the Moroccan desert and must deal with the repercussions
Beautiful animals : a novel by Lawrence Osborne( Book )

27 editions published between 2017 and 2018 in English and Dutch and held by 974 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"On a summer break on the Greek island of Hydra, two girls make a startling discovery: a young Arab man washed up on shore, a migrant from Syria and a casualty of the crisis raging against across the sea. When a simple plan to help the stranger goes horrifically wrong, all must face the consequences they have set in motion"--
Hunters in the dark : a novel by Lawrence Osborne( Book )

26 editions published between 2015 and 2017 in 3 languages and held by 967 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In order to escape his boring English life, Robert, a twenty-eight-year-old teacher, re-imagines himself in Cambodia where he befriends an unstable American, falls in love with a wealthy young woman, and is threatened by the aftermath of the Khmer Rouge
The ballad of a small player by Lawrence Osborne( Book )

18 editions published between 2014 and 2016 in English and Polish and held by 817 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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. 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. 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. But as Doyle attempts to make a rare and true connection, all that he accepts as reality seems to be slipping from his grasp
American normal : the hidden world of Asperger syndrome by Lawrence Osborne( Book )

15 editions published between 2002 and 2011 in English and held by 701 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In this highly personal first-hand report on the world of the "mindblind," Lawrence Osborne doesn't shy away from hard questions: Just how different from the "normal" are those with Asperger's, and is it possible that most of us have more than a few of its characteristics already woven into our psyches? Setting aside the humdrum pieties of medicine and rehabilitation, Osborne casts a skeptical and witty eye on the American psychiatric establishment and its tendency to over-diagnose, then over-medicate. And even more, he ventures into the elusive but essential realm where one has to question the difference between tolerating eccentricity - with all its potential for creativity as well as suffering - and pharmacologically enforcing normality, with its undertones of blandness, uniformity, and mediocrity."--Jacket
The wet and the dry : a drinker's journey by Lawrence Osborne( Book )

15 editions published between 2013 and 2016 in English and French and held by 518 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An exploration of "man's love of drink and [a] ... meditation on the meaning of alcohol consumption across cultures worldwide"--Dust jacket flap
Only to sleep : a Philip Marlowe novel by Lawrence Osborne( Book )

9 editions published in 2018 in English and held by 469 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Lawrence Osborne brings one of literature's most enduring detectives back to life - as Private Investigator Philip Marlowe returns for one last adventure. The year is 1988. The place, Baja California. And Philip Marlowe - now in his seventy-second year- is living out his retirement in the terrace bar of the La Fonda hotel. Sipping margaritas, playing cards, his silver-tipped cane at the ready. 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. But is Zinn actually alive? Are the pair living offthe 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"--
The accidental connoisseur : an irreverent journey though the wine world by Lawrence Osborne( Book )

4 editions published between 2004 and 2013 in English and held by 361 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A wine expert takes readers on a tour of the farmers, vineyards, technology, journalism, consumer trends, and trade wars that make the wine business what it is today, introducing the obsessives and eccentrics who populate the industry
The poisoned embrace : a brief history of sexual pessimism by Lawrence Osborne( Book )

9 editions published between 1993 and 1994 in English and held by 301 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Sex and death have been locked into a theological equation known as sexual pessimism since the days of the Early Fathers of the Catholic Church. The very curious thing is that this aversion to the carnal, and its consequent elevation of the virginal and the chaste, does not even spring from Christianity or the New Testament, but from the rival secret doctrine of Gnosticism. This is but the first jolt on Lawrence Osborne's journey through the art, mythologies and traditions that reveal and reflect the history of sexual pessimism. Osborne distinguishes eight thematic nightmares : the Virgin, the Witch, the Leper, the Noble Savage, the Jew, the Oriental, the Androgyne and Don Juan. He tracks our now glorified idea of sexual passion back to the Troubadours and Northern Mystics; he explores how the Passion of the Cross came to link the ideas of sublime passion and therapeutic energy
Ania Malina by Lawrence Osborne( Book )

10 editions published between 1986 and 2018 in English and French and held by 235 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Paris dreambook : an unconventional guide to the splendor and squalor of the city by Lawrence Osborne( Book )

6 editions published between 1990 and 1992 in English and Undetermined and held by 220 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Beautiful animals by Lawrence Osborne( Recording )

6 editions published in 2017 in English and held by 103 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

On a summer break on the Greek island of Hydra, two girls make a startling discovery: a young Arab man washed up on shore, a migrant from Syria and a casualty of the crisis raging across the sea. When a simple plan to help the stranger goes horrifically wrong, all must face the consequences they have set in motion
Hunters in the dark by Lawrence Osborne( Recording )

6 editions published between 2015 and 2016 in English and held by 50 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In order to escape his boring English life, Robert, a twenty-eight-year-old teacher, re-imagines himself in Cambodia where he befriends an unstable American, falls in love with a wealthy young woman, and is threatened by the aftermath of the Khmer Rouge
The angelic game by Lawrence Osborne( Book )

2 editions published in 1990 in English and held by 45 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The naked tourist : in search of adventure and beauty in the age of the airport mall by Lawrence Osborne( Book )

9 editions published between 2006 and 2017 in 3 languages and held by 32 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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 itself Sick 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. 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. What, Osborne asks, are millions of affluent itinerants looking for in these endless resorts, hotels, cosmetic-surgery packages, spas, spiritual retreats, sex clubs, and "back to nature" trips' What does tourism, the world's single largest business, have to sell' A travelogue into that heart of darkness known as the Western mind, The Naked Tourist is the most mordant and ambitious work to date from the author of The Accidental Connoisseu r, praised by The New York Times Book Review as "smart, generous, perceptive, funny, sensible."
Denen man vergibt : Roman by Lawrence Osborne( Book )

4 editions published in 2017 in German and held by 23 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Only to sleep : a Philip Marlowe novel by Lawrence Osborne( )

3 editions published in 2018 in English and held by 18 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Lawrence Osborne brings one of literature's most enduring detectives back to life - as Private Investigator Philip Marlowe returns for one last adventure. The year is 1988. The place, Baja California. And Philip Marlowe - now in his seventy-second year - is living out his retirement in the terrace bar of the La Fonda hotel. Sipping margaritas, playing cards, his silver-tipped cane at the ready. 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. 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
Bangkok days by Lawrence Osborne( Book )

5 editions published between 2009 and 2010 in English and Italian and held by 15 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"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. Lawrence Osborne comes for the cheap dentistry. Broke (but no longer in pain), he finds that he can live in Bangkok on a few dollars a day. And so the restless exile stays. 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. 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 is a love letter to the city that revived Osborne's faith in adventure and the world."--Publisher description
Shangri-La by Lawrence Osborne( Book )

2 editions published in 2008 in Italian and held by 10 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Jours tranquilles à Bangkok by Lawrence Osborne( Book )

1 edition published in 2018 in French and held by 6 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

 
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American normal : the hidden world of Asperger syndrome
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The accidental connoisseur : an irreverent journey though the wine worldThe poisoned embrace : a brief history of sexual pessimismThe angelic gameThe naked tourist : in search of adventure and beauty in the age of the airport mallBangkok daysThe naked tourist : in search of adventure and beauty in the age of the airport mallCorks and screws : an irreverent journey to the world's most famous vineyards in the world
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Languages
English (177)

French (12)

Italian (8)

Polish (6)

German (4)

Spanish (3)

Dutch (1)

Czech (1)