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  • Published: 23 August 2013
  • ISBN: 9781448155071
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 336

The Forgiven




East meets West with shattering conclusions in this stylish, taut and brilliant piece of cinematic storytelling from Lawrence Osborne, soon to be a major film adaptation starring Jessica Chastain and Ralph Fiennes

'Utterly compelling...I couldn't put the book down' Observer
'Surprising and dark and excellent' New York Times
'A gripping and sophisticated thriller' Independent

Soon to be a major film adaptation starring Jessica Chastain and Ralph Fiennes

David and Jo Henniger are on their way to a party at their old friends' home, deep in the Moroccan desert. But as a groggy David navigates the dark desert roads, two young men spring from the roadside, the car swerves and collides with one of the boys...

Meanwhile, festivities at the house are in full flow. Under the watchful eyes of their Moroccan staff, the extravagant hosts attend to the whims of their glittering, insatiable guests as the party rages on into a new day. The stage is set for a weekend in which David and Jo must come to terms with their fateful act and its shattering consequences.

'As menacing and engrossing as the best McEwan' Sunday Times

  • Published: 23 August 2013
  • ISBN: 9781448155071
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 336

About the author

Lawrence Osborne

Born in England, Lawrence Osborne is the author of the critically acclaimed novels The Forgiven, The Ballad of a Small Player, Hunters in the Dark, Beautiful Animals, Only to Sleep: A Philip Marlowe novel (commissioned by the Raymond Chandler estate) and The Glass Kingdom. His non-fiction ranges from memoir through travelogue to essays, including Bangkok Days, The Naked Tourist and The Wet and the Dry. His short story 'Volcano' was selected for Best American Short Stories 2012.

The Forgiven
, starring Ralph Fiennes, Matt Smith and Jessica Chastain, is due to be released in summer 2022; Hunters in the Dark will shoot in Cambodia with Aneurin Barnard, Adam Pettyfer and Tzi Ma; and Beautiful Animals is now in production with Amazon. Osborne lives in Bangkok.


www.lawrenceosborne.net

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Praise for The Forgiven

Compelling.Engrossing.Gripping

Sunday Times

Surprising and dark and excellent

New York Times

A sinister story about guilt, atonement and restitution, fashioned from lean, prowling prose

Herald

More than a stylish thriller. The central plot has parallels with The Bonfire of the Vanities, while the socialites could be straight out of The Great Gatsby

Stylist

A gripping read

Kirkus

A superbly compelling novel... As menacing and engrossing as the best McEwan

Robert Collins, Sunday Times

Osborne brings together all his authorial talents in this gripping and sophisticated thriller

Emma Hagestadt, Independent

Stylish, somehow both lavish and muscular at the same time

David Evans, Independent on Sunday

Utterly compelling; at the risk of trotting out a cliché, I couldn't put the book down

Justin Cartwright, Observer

A terrifically realised encounter between the clashing values of traditional Islam and the hedonistic, secular West... Beautifully written, painfully resolved.

Lionel Shriver, The Times

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