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  • Published: 20 August 2020
  • ISBN: 9781473565203
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 304

The Glass Kingdom




A tense, stunningly well-observed heist novel following an American woman on the run in the blazing heat of Bangkok, from 'a modern Graham Greene' (Sunday Times)

'Bangkok is the star of this accomplished novel. Its denizens are aliens to themselves, glittering on the horizon of their own lives, moving - restless and rootless and afraid - though a cityscape that has more stories than they know' HILARY MANTEL

Sarah Talbot Jennings, a young American living in New York, has fled to Bangkok to disappear. Arriving with a suitcase containing $200,000, she rents an apartment at the Kingdom, a glittering high-end complex slowly sinking into its own twilight - and run by conveniently discreet staff.

In Bangkok's shocking heat Sarah meets the beguiling Mali, a half-Thai tenant who's strangely determined to bring the quiet American out of her shell. An invitation to Mali's poker nights soon follows, where - fuelled by shots of yadong, gossip of shady dealings in the city and the hit of marijuana - Sarah is drawn into the orbit of the Kingdom's glamorous ex-pat women.

But when an attempted military coup wracks the streets below and Sarah witnesses something unspeakable through one of the Kingdom's windows, only to be followed by a series of strange disappearances, Sarah's safe haven begins to feel like a trap.

From a master of atmosphere and suspense, The Glass Kingdom is a brilliantly unsettling story of cruelty and psychological unrest, and an enthralling glimpse into the shadowy crossroads of karma and human greed.

'Showing Osborne at the height of his powers, The Glass Kingdom upends the Western reader's most basic assumptions about the human world . . . stylish and disquieting' JOHN GRAY, NEW STATESMAN

  • Published: 20 August 2020
  • ISBN: 9781473565203
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 304

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 Glass Kingdom

Osborne handles surface and depth with immense skill, as only great writers can do

Deborah Levy, Financial Times

Osborne writes mercilessly, savagely well. He excavates his characters...with a pathologist's precision

Daily Mail

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

The bastard child of Graham Greene and Patricia Highsmith

Metro

A highly distinctive writer who quickly becomes addictive

John Gray, New Statesman

An exhilarating talent...one of our finest writers

Sunday Times

Osborne is a consummate stylist and a keen observer...sophisticated, smart and uncomfortable

Lionel Shriver, Washington Post

An heir to Graham Greene

New York Times Book Review

Elegant, stylish and ambiguous

Neel Mukherjee

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