Burning Angel and Other Stories

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This first collection of stories by Lawrence Osborne perfectly showcases his talent for tension, atmosphere - and characters out of their depth

A naive young linguist sent to the forests of Irian Jaya is manipulated into betraying her mission by a ruthless and disturbed pastor. A deaf girl hired as a maid by a wealthy New York couple turns the tables on her obliviously abusive employers and answers blackmail with blackmail. A psychiatrist treating a girl in rural England becomes ensnared in a love affair that threatens to destroy her career; while a young couple on holiday in Oman accidentally witness a killing, which leads to their being hunted as well. An entomologist at a remote hotel in the Andamans survives a tsunami and uses a dead body to further her study of ants.

Collected here for the first time, Lawrence Osborne's stories, like his novels - 'elaborate and intricately plotted dances macabres' (The Times) - feel like nightmares set against calmly and meticulously observed backgrounds. With their nods to Daphne du Maurier and Roald Dahl, these nine long-form stories explore characters lost in the shadowed borders between the mundane, the fantastical and the violence of the natural world.


'Osborne goes from strength to strength' Lionel Shriver, Evening Standard

'Osborne handles surface and depth with immense skill, as only great writers can' Deborah Levy, Financial Times

'Utterly compelling' Observer

'Menacing and engrossing' Sunday Times
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Weight 0.500000
Author Osborne, Lawrence
Availability IP
Department Literature
Format Hardback
ISBN 9781781090824
Pages 352
Published 03/08/2023
Publisher Chatto & Windus
Section Literature
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