Reviews

  • Both impossible to put down and beautifully written: a great combo

    Lionel Shriver, Observer Books of the Year
  • An astute, unsentimental critique of the contemporary world in crisis... Osborne handles surface and depth with immense skill, as only great writers can do. Beautiful Animals is his most accomplished book so far -- a big, clever, crazed beast of a novel

    Deborah Levy, Financial Times
  • Often almost literally bristling with menace… his Hydra is rugged with physical immediacy. Silhouetted against it, emotions fluctuate, sexual frissons flicker back and forth, destinies tremble in the balance… It’s the brilliance with which Osborne conjures all this up that leaves you eager to see where his nomadic imagination will take him next

    Peter Kemp, Sunday Times
  • 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... An heir to Graham Greene... he shares with Greene an interest in what might be called the moral thriller

    New York Times Book Review
  • Complex and thrilling, Beautiful Animals confirms Osborne as one of Britain’s very best novelists

    Anthony Gardner, Mail on Sunday
  • Beautiful Animals is terrifically well constructed, written with mean authority, brilliantly evocative about place … A masterpiece of disaffection

    David Sexton, Evening Standard
  • Spare, subtle… brilliantly achieved

    Frances Wilson, Times Literary Supplement
  • Osborne is interested in what his characters do when events are wrested out of their control, his narratives unfurling like a set of carefully lined-up dominoes… It’s exciting for sure, but cuts closer to the bone than Osborne’s previous novels and is all the more distressing and depressing for it

    Lucy Scholes, Independent
  • Superlatively gripping… Osborne plunges his characters far from the luminescent surface and into the darkest depths

    Anita Sethi, i
  • Cracking Greek noir

    Guardian

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