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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

'A modern Graham Greene' - Sunday Times

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.

  • 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 and Beautiful Animals. His non-fiction ranges from memoir through travelogue to essays, including Bangkok Days, Paris Dreambook and The Wet and the Dry. His short story 'Volcano' was selected for Best American Short Stories 2012, and he has writtenfor the New York Times Magazine, Condé Nast Traveler, the New Yorker, Forbes, Harper’s and other publications. He lives in Bangkok.

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Praise for The Forgiven


Sunday Times

Surprising and dark and excellent

New York Times

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


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

Lionel Shriver, The Times

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


A gripping read


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

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