Lawrence Osborne is a British novelist living in Bangkok. Previously he has lived in France, Italy, Morocco, the United States, Mexico, and Istanbul, countries which have provided material for his critically-acclaimed novels. In 2010 he published Bangkok Days, an account of expatriate life in Bangkok, while in 2015 his third novel, Hunters in the Dark, a thriller set in Phnom Penh received glowing reviews. Arifa Akbar, literary editor of The Independent in London, named it one of her 15 Best Novels of 2015 and British critic David Sexton in the Evening Standard wrote “Those comparisons with Graham Greene aren’t even flattering any more.” Two prior novels, The Forgiven (set in Morocco) and The Ballad of a Small Player (set in Macau are currently being adapted to the big screen.
His most recent novel, Beautiful Animals, published by Hogarth in July 2017, was featured on the cover of the New York Times Book Review. In her long review of the novel in The Washington Post, Lionel Shriver wrote: “So let’s not mince words. This is a great book.” In 2018, at the request of the Raymond Chandler estate, Osborne will write the next Philip Marlowe novel.
In a wide-ranging conversation with Cod Satrusayang, Lawrence will discuss how his life has informed his novels.