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Beautiful Animals

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"Let's not mince words. This is a great book. Truly difficult to put down... 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...who unites Graham Greene's fondness for foreign soil with Patricia Highsmith's fascination with the nastier coils of the human psyche." -NPR's "Fresh Air" FINANCIAL TIMES SUMMER PICK 2017 GUARDIAN BEST HOLIDAY READS 2017 On a hike during a white-hot summer break on the Greek island of Hydra, Naomi and Samantha make a startling discovery: a man named Faoud, sleeping heavily, exposed to the elements, but still alive. Naomi, the daughter of a wealthy British art collector who has owned a villa in the exclusive hills for decades, convinces Sam, a younger American girl on vacation with her family, 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. 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.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 287 pages
  • 140 x 210 x 19mm | 438g
  • Hogarth Press
  • English
  • 0553447378
  • 9780553447378
  • 644,157

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Praise for Beautiful Animals "Osborne is a startlingly good observer of privilege, noting the rites and rituals of the upper classes with unerring precision and an undercurrent of malice... The novel takes on the tone of an existential noir, evoking writers like Jean-Patrick Manchette and Georges Simenon. Yet even as the narrative accelerates, the novel retains its sense of languor and style... 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 "As a thriller, a real page-turner, and as social commentary an astutely glancing approach to Europe's migration crisis. Rivetingly well written. Osborne...has a fine feel for the complexities of culture clash." - Lionel Shriver, Financial Times (Summer Picks 2017) "Sensuous and elegantly written... a masterful and sophisticated psychological thriller that explores moral ambiguity from multiple perspectives." - BBC Culture (best beach reads of 2017) "Beautifully crafted and psychologically astute, Osborne's latest novel takes us on another journey through a heart of moral darkness. A rich, disturbing, and compelling read."- Kirkus (starred review) "Soaked in lush descriptions of the breathtaking Greek countryside... brilliantly paced." - Booklist (starred review) Praise for Lawrence Osborne: "Osborne's writing is uncomfortably well observed; his story is sickeningly, addictively headlong" - Lionel Shriver, author of We Need to Talk about Kevin "If the purpose of a novel is to take you away from the everyday and show you something different, then Osborne is succeeding, and handsomely" - Lee Child, New York Times Book Review "Mr. Osborne has a keen and sometimes cruel eye for humans and their manners and morals... Surprising and dark and excellent" - New York Times "Elegant, stylish... edgy and gripping. Written with unfailing precision and beauty" - Neel Mukherjee, Man Booker Prize-shortlisted author of The Lives of Others "Sumptuous and sinister, languorous and tense" --Sunday Times (UK)show more

About Lawrence Osborne

LAWRENCE OSBORNE is the author of the critically acclaimed novels The Forgiven, The Ballad of a Small Player, and Hunters in the Dark, and of six books of nonfiction. His short story "Volcano" was selected for The Best American Short Stories 2012, and he has written for The New York Times Magazine, The New Yorker, Conde Nast Traveler, Forbes, Harper's, and other publications. He lives in Bangkok.show more

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595 ratings
3.51 out of 5 stars
5 15% (88)
4 39% (234)
3 32% (189)
2 11% (66)
1 3% (18)
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