Lawrence Osborne

Lawrence Osborne is a British travel and fiction author who currently makes his home in Bangkok, Thailand.

As a teen, Osborne went to Fitzwilliam College, then off to Harvard and Cambridge. Upon graduation, he became a nomad and has lived all over the place from Istanbul, France, Thailand, Italy, Mexico, the United States, and Morocco. He is the author of “Paris Dreambook” a book that chronicled his experiences in Paris, the novel Ania Malina, a book about wine, The Poisoned Embrace, which is a critically acclaimed essay collection, three travel books published by Giroux, Straus, and Farrar between 2002 and 2009, and “American Normal,” a controversial book on the topic of autism.

His other works include an account of his life as an expatriate in Thailand he titled “Bangkok Days,” “The Naked Tourist,” and “The Accidental Connoisseur.”

He is also the author of several short stories that have been published in a variety of magazines in the United States. He has also worked as a long-form journalist in the US and has worked for “Conde Nast Traveler,” “The New York Times Magazine,” “Playboy,” “The New Yorker,” “Salon,” and “Gourmet.” He is also a frequent contributor to “The Wall Street Journal Magazine,” “The Daily Beast,” “Newsweek International,” and occasionally writes an Op-Ed for “Forbes.

He won the Thomas Lowell Award for Travel Journalism for “Getting a Drink in Islamabad” which was featured in a 2011 issue of “Playboy.”

Books in order of publication:

Standalone Novels

Ania Malina(1989) 
The Angelic Game(1990) 
The Forgiven(2012) 
The Ballad of a Small Player(2014) 
Hunters in the Dark(2015) 
Beautiful Animals(2017) 
The Glass Kingdom(2020) 
On Java Road(2022) 

Non-Fiction Books

Paris Dreambook(1990)
The Poisoned Embrace(1993)
American Normal(2002)
The Accidental Connoisseur(2004)
The Naked Tourist(2006)
Bangkok Days(2009)
The Wet and the Dry(2013)
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