Osborne, Roger

Writer.

Roger Osborne has been a full time writer since 1993. With more than ten books to his name, he has written on a wide variety of subjects from pop music to geology, to the history of ideas.

Roger, who lives in Scarborough, started out as a writer of science reference books, but dramatically broadened his audience in 1998 with the publication of The Floating Egg. One of the best known and best-loved books about the Yorkshire coast, The Floating Egg, won ecstatic reviews in the national press. The Times called it ‘A wonderful tome, beautifully structured and utterly fascinating.’ Other comments included: ‘A delightful book’ ‘Succeeds magnificently’ ‘Can I urge to buy, beg or borrow this wonderful book.’

Roger then wrote The Deprat Affair, a gripping account of a scientific fraud and The Dreamer of the Calle San Salvador, the story of a sixteenth-century Spanish visionary. Both books continued his theme of looking at the past in unconventional ways.

In between these books Roger wrote The Dinosaur Coast, a popular guide to the geology of the area, and has just finished writing the new official guide to the North York Moors National Park (to be published in March 2007).

His most recent work is Civilization: A New History of the Western World, published in January 2006 (paperback published in March 2007). This major work reviews the entire history of western society from the last ice age to the present. It takes in political, military, social, economic and cultural history and yet remains highly readable. Civilization has won rave reviews in Britain and America, and is being translated into eight foreign languages. The New York Times described Civilization as ‘An intellectual high-wire act that the author pulls off with deceptive ease. It would be hard to imagine a more readable general history of the West that covers so much ground so incisively.’ In the Independent A C Grayling wrote: ‘It is a bold adventurer who proposes to survey the history of Western civilization in a mere 500 pages, and not only say something fresh about many aspects of it, but to do so in a spirit of perceptive scepticism that refuses to go along with standard views and reflex valuations. Roger Osborne offers himself this challenge and succeeds brilliantly.’

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